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Uganda tabloid prints list of 'top' homosexuals

Ugandan Tabloid Names 'Top 200 Homosexuals'

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh anti-gay law.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday's signing of the bill by President Yoweri Museveni marked "a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights" and warned that Washington could cut aid to the government of the East African nation.

"Now that this law has been enacted, we are beginning an internal review of our relationship with the Government of Uganda to ensure that all dimensions of our engagement, including assistance programs, uphold our anti-discrimination policies and principles and reflect our values," Kerry said in a statement.

The Red Pepper tabloid published the names - and some pictures - in a front-page story under the headline: "EXPOSED!"

The list included prominent Ugandan gay activists such as Pepe Julian Onziema, who has repeatedly warned that Uganda's new anti-gay law could spark violence against homosexuals. There was a popular Ugandan hip-hop star as well as a Catholic priest.

Few Ugandans identify themselves as gay, and the tabloid's publication of alleged homosexuals recalled a similar list published in 2011 by a now-defunct tabloid that called for the execution of gays. A Ugandan judge later condemned the outing of homosexuals in a country where gays face severe discrimination, saying it amounted to an invasion of privacy. A prominent Ugandan gay activist was killed after that list came out, and activists said at the time that they believed David Kato was targeted because of his work promoting gay rights in Uganda.

The new law punishes gay sex with up to life in jail - a measure criticized as draconian in a country where homosexuality already had been criminalized. The bill originally proposed the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality," defined as repeated gay sex between consenting adults and acts involving a minor, a disabled person or where one partner is infected with HIV. The law also calls for first-time offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in jail.

In signing the bill, Museveni said the measure is needed because the West is promoting homosexuality in Africa, rejecting international criticism of the law as interference in Uganda's internal affairs. Museveni accused "arrogant and careless Western groups" of trying to recruit Ugandan children into homosexuality, but he did not name these purported groups.

Ugandan police spokesman Patrick Onyango said on Tuesday thatno homosexuals have been arrested since Museveni signed the bill but that at least two had been taken into custody since lawmakers passed the bill last December.

Onziema, the gay activist, said he had counted up to six arrests and that more than a dozen Ugandan homosexuals had fled the country since December over safety concerns.

Homosexuality has long been criminalized in Uganda under a colonial-era law that outlawed sex acts "against the order of nature."

Some Ugandan lawyers and activists have said they will challenge the law in court as unconstitutional and impossible to implement.

Nicholas Opiyo, a Ugandan lawyer who runs a rights watchdog group called Chapter Four, predicted Tuesday that it make life worse for Ugandan gays.

"The enactment of the anti-homosexuality bill has only emboldened the ... population in their rejection of anybody perceived to be gay or even friendly to gays," he said. "These things are going to continue. They are going to get more frequent."

The Ugandan law - which came just over a month after Nigeria passed a similar measure against gays - has been condemned around the world, although it is widely popular among Ugandans.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned that the law would institutionalize discrimination and could encourage harassment and violence against gays.

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poppo9999 February 26 2014 at 12:41 PM

Don't you think this would be a great issue to legalize prostitution in all country's where desires can be addressed without violence. impulses and desires are a geart rendering tear in peoples lives and anyone today who are real close friends or family are considered gay, or perverts, shames is you cannot really speak to a youngster in todays without someone thinking wrong thoughts. The world is on a downhill trend and it will not stop until major moves are make against governments who have to have control of everyones lives'Shame it that way!

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maxcranium February 26 2014 at 7:24 AM

We can not control the world!
All we can do is start a war...

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jayne042876 February 26 2014 at 5:21 AM

They should focus instead on the perverts that abuse children. That would be time well spent.

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Jim February 26 2014 at 4:58 AM

The witch doctor of Uganda, 28 years of raping, pillaging and casting spells.

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dnvrsteve February 26 2014 at 2:56 AM

You are right, you should not be forced to put up with gays. SO A REL MAN like you should move to Uganda where you will fit right in, your intelligence is wasted here. So move to where you belong

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mlp7595 February 26 2014 at 2:00 AM

Uganda and the legislature have it right and cheers to them. They aren't bending over for any gay lobby like the politicians in the Western world. Our politically correct milk toast Marxist President is a pathetic effeminate gay lover and the gay lobby don’t care about anything but, and are completely obsessed with, their sexual preferences and perversions and America is allowing this garbage to take place and NO ONE speaks out but a few quickly marginalized commentators. When will we call this what it is: a pathological, abnormal perversion.
There is a left wing media blitz to push for gay marriage and all things gay. They intend to shove this lifestyle down our throats and anyone who disagrees is homophobic. The truth is that gays are heterophobic. Heteroes aren't announcing their sexual preference every 15 minutes. How could it be considered normal for a person to be so obsessed with a preference that is all they can talk or think about and, even more crazy, willing to risk their livelihood over it. A preference for something does not create a right to it. If I prefer tomatoes to celery, that does not create a right to tomatoes and if all I could talk about was tomatoes and my right to them, unquestionably anyone, in their own right mind, would call me crazy. Homosexuals are obsessed with their own sexual preference to the point of insanity. The fact is the homosexual act is unnatural, perverted, and imbalanced. That opinion is not hateful; it is loving because it is the tough love TRUTH. Homosexuality was a mental disorder until the early 70’s and this politically correct age has deemed their unnatural activities normal. However, their obsession with and constant thought of their disorder is clear proof of its existence. They are in serious need of mental treatment and regular follow-up. The longer they are allowed to be viewed as normal the worse the pathology gets. It is time to reclassify this disorder and begin to treat it again.
What's next, adults being allowed to marry little children or their pets or how about multiple wives or husbands? The Ugandans have figured that out and I applaud them. If we continue to allow the gay lobby to destroy this country, we may all be defecting to Uganda seeking freedom from the insanity and tyranny of the minority.

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BellaMoonGlow February 26 2014 at 2:37 AM

You ignorant silly asinine crotch watch moron.

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lugmario February 26 2014 at 1:49 AM

I hear Arizona is releasing names of the 1000 most influential gays in the state. Post offices as well as newspapers will publish their photos with the dead or alive bounty amount with proof of death. It's called "Stand on Straight Ground" law. As we all know the homosexual lifestyle is like the black plague and the "Pray the gay away camps" don't seem to be cutting it. If this bill passes, the NFL better not ever play the SB in that state. Remember when MLK Day was declared a none national holiday until outside forces including sports teams demanded change. If I was a NFL player for the Cardinals, I would refuse to play before they stop allowing gays, blacks, Asians, women and others into the stadiums or arenas. What a backasswards society some of these states are becoming. The are the equal of Russia in every way! All this when in all likelihood a transvestite is the Governor, how very odd.....

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brenhatestwinkie February 26 2014 at 12:55 AM

Dont give that government any aid

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petersonentvt February 26 2014 at 12:49 AM

My view - do whatever you want behind closed doors. I dont care who loves who or who has sex with who - none of my business. Seems like locking up gay is just going to promote more gay sex so Uganda is just being foolish. I seem to remember a saying I learned as a kid - do unto others as you would have them do to you. Which translates loosely to another saying live and let live. Dont like gay sex dont have it thats my motto. Dont want to see it then dont watch it. Pretty simple. If we banned everything someone didnt like we wouldnt be doing anything but sitting privately in our own homes as there would be nothing to do.

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adixjr February 26 2014 at 12:41 AM

thats one nation almighty God will give extended grace to.

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dfcwc February 26 2014 at 2:13 AM

No, He won't. He will tell that nation, "Depart from Me for I never knew you".

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toddpugz February 26 2014 at 2:34 AM

since they are one of the worst human rights violators, and have been for over 40 yrs, I'm guessing not.

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