Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo of Uganda made these statements regarding the recently approved legislation that allows for life imprisonment if found to be gay in his country:
“We are tolerant. That’s what we are saying: we are not slaughtering them.”
“They can come and be helped to come out of this unfortunate situation… It’s like a drug addict. Drug addiction is not an innate situation, it is acquired. But they can be transformed and become better.”
“So we are saying anybody found committing this incredible and abominable act should be checked and isolated from society.”
“If you are found practising it, we shall take you to a cell.”
President Obama has called on the Ugandan president to not sign the legislation into law.