New Law in Uganda Says Gay Citizens Can Be Sentenced to Life in Prison

Anti-gay law states those who protect gays can also be imprisoned.
3:00 | 02/24/14

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Tonight a call for help from the african country of Uganda, a new law signed today that gay citizens can be given jail terms, even life in prison, people protecting gays could be imprisoned, too. ABC's Dan Harris, now W the new developments today. Reporter: To be gay tonight in the african nation of Uganda is to be a criminal facing the severe punishment. The new law signed by the president today, calls for 14 years in prison for a first-time offenders. Life in prison for what it describes as repeat offenders. The official charge, aggravated homosexuality. And if you don't report a loved one or a friend who is gay, you're now breaking the law too. Today, the white house which sends Uganda more than $400 million in aid each year had sharp words. We recently traveled to Uganda where being gay means living in constant fear. With American evangelical Christians coming in and fanning the flames, the new anti-gay law. Theory, the people who have the biggest problems with gays and lesbians have themselves struggled with homosexual urges. But tonight, there's no question that those who are experiencing terror are Uganda's gays and lesbians, facing life in prison just for falling in love. Dan Harris, ABC news, New York.

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