February 4th, 2010
03:40 PM ET
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CNN Fact Check: What is the 'odious' proposal in Uganda?

(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.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. windrider

    With all the problems Uganda has, I don't think locking up or executing homosexuals is going to help very much. "Odious" doesn't even begin to cover how bad this law is.

    February 4, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Dieter Zerressen

    What fact do you need to check? The punishment is execution, duh.

    February 4, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    What kind of "fact check" is this? It is just information.

    These fact checks should continue to be used to show where Obama and other politicians are lying or not.

    February 4, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. found work without help of stimulus or obama

    lookie, black hitler trying to run other countries when he cant even lead here. Obama why dont you move and take michele with you.

    February 4, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. notfooledbydistractions

    You have some American legislators to thank for the "odious" law – James Inhofe to name one. This is the work of the "C Street" group – "The Family".

    More serious reporting needs to be done on the American legislators involvement in this issue. It's truly despicable.

    February 4, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Danny

    Religious conservatives and their Republican henchmen in America must be absolutely green with envy. If only that darned Constitution didn't offer protection for all Americans they could impose this kind of harsh religious dogma on the USA too!

    February 4, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Marc

    Look at the numbers about AIDS in Uganda; the more Christian Fundamentalist they became the more the positive cases grew because they have no longer Sexual Education or Sexual Diseases Prevention Programs, substituded by Abstinence Only programs.
    They were an example to the whole Africa, but now...
    Now their governments wants them to became Nazis!

    February 4, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. angel

    This law sound well over board. Something is to disagree with someone live style and something else is when someone try to kill that someone because his or her particular live style.
    Mclean, VA

    February 4, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Michel

    regarding your bottom line statement, it may be a sexual preference for the reporters who contributed to this article, but it is more accurate to reference to it as sexual orientation.

    February 4, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Marc

    Well look at the law people, and please remember that 'The Family' is for that law. Doesn't it says a lot about what kind of Democracy they stand for?

    February 4, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    African cultures have never and will never embrace homosexuality period!!!. Homosexuality is western culture and please keep it to yourself. Africans don't need it nor the rest of the world. GOD MADE ADAM AND EVE! NOT ADAM AND STEVE!! moral midgets!!!

    February 4, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. independent_josh

    This is non of U.S. business. It is very clear that the Obama administration is full of homosexuals and left wing radicals. Since Obama is inexperienced, he does whatever the lefties and homos instructed him to do. I couldn't wait for November.

    February 4, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |