Obama Calls Uganda Gay Policies “Odious”

US President Barack Obama, who has a strong backing from the homosexual sector during the 2008 presidential campaign, continues to implement his promise to support them.Barack-Obama State of the Union Address

“We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are — whether it’s here in the United States or … more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda,” said Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, February 4.

Well, it is true that legalizing gay marriages has not been that successful in the United States but that is far from the measures being taken by the government of Uganda. Currently, homosexuality is punishable by life imprisonment in the country. New measures state that gay people should be put to death.

There are other minor offenses legislated to be criminalized – like the simple discussion about homosexuality. A person can be jailed up to three years if they fail to report that someone they knew were gay, lesbians, bisexuals or transgendered within 24 hours.

Obama has indicated in his first State of the Union address that he is requesting to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military. The policy states that homosexuals can serve so long as they hide their sexual orientation.