(CNN) - At the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, President Barack Obama spoke out against proposed legislation in Uganda. Issuing a call for common ground, the president blasted the proposal to penalize homosexuality, calling it "odious."
Fact Check: What penalities would homosexuals face under the proposed law in Uganda?
(Get the facts and the bottom line after the jump)
- Homosexuality is currently against the law in Uganda and has been since the colonial era.
- The proposal, now before the Ugandan parliament, would harshly penalize homosexuality. Those found guilty could face life in prison. Repeat offenders would face the prospect of execution, while the failure to disclose the known homosexuality of others could result in jail time.
- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has not indicated his position on the legislation. However, many politicians and religious figures in the country have issued harsh statements against homosexuals. One prominent cleric called for all known homosexuals to be left on an island until they die.
Bottom Line: Uganda's proposal is among the most stringent in the world. It could potentially result in the execution of individuals for their sexual preferences.
- CNN's Ashley Hayes contributed to this report.