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Tue Jan 27 05:21:07 CAT 2015

Ugandan reverend says heterosexual child rape preferable to homosexuality

Times LIVE | 26 February, 2014 09:16
Anti-gay supporters celebrate after Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality in Kampala.
Image by: STRINGER / REUTERS

Uganda’s Right Reverend Father Simon Lokodo, the current State Minister for Ethics and Integrity in Uganda, claims men raping girls is natural according to an interview.

In a meeting with English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist, Stephen Fry, who is himself gay, Lokodo seems to imply heterosexual rape is morally preferable to consensual homosexual activity in Uganda.

Lokodo claims to have several degrees in theology, and apparently considers himself to be a good Christian man defending his country from “unnatural” homosexuality.

Fry asked him if homosexuality was worse than heterosexual child rape, which is “endemic” in Africa, to which Lodoko responded: “Let them do it… as long as it is in the right way.”

President Yoweri Museveni signed a tough anti-gay bill Monday, that calls for first-time offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in jail.

It also sets life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for a category of offenses called 'aggravated homosexuality', defined as repeated gay sex between consenting adults as well as acts involving a minor, a disabled person or where one partner is infected with HIV.

Watch the interview here:

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