Anti-gay march plan

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KAM­PALA: A Ugan­dan preacher with close ties to US evan­gel­i­cals and Pres­i­dent Yow­eri Mu­sev­eni’s fam­ily said yes­ter­day he planned to or­gan­ise a “mil­lion-man” march next month to sup­port a pro­posed anti-gay law in par­lia­ment.

The na­tion has faced in­tense pres­sure from West­ern gover nments and hu­man rights groups over anti-ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity leg­is­la­tion tabled in par­lia­ment as a pri­vate mem­bers’ bill last year.

Mu­sev­eni seemed to dis­tance him­self and the gov­ern­ment from the pro­posed law on Tues­day, say­ing it was a for­eign pol­icy is­sue and call­ing for more talks. The ex-rebel leader said he had been un­der pres­sure from West­ern leaders.

“We want to show how many peo­ple sup­port the bill,” Pas­tor Martin Ssempa told jour­nal­ists in the Ugan­dan cap­i­tal.

“We want to give a post­card that (Mu­sev­eni) can send to his friend (US Pres­i­dent) Barack Obama,” Ssempa said in front of posters say­ing “Africans Unite Against Sodomy” and “Barack Obama Back Off ”. He said the march was planned for Fe­bru­ary 17.

Ssempa is one of Uganda’s most prom­i­nent anti-gay cam­paign­ers. – Reuters

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