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¶ ‘Like what Putin’s doing in Russia with all these laws against the LGBT community. That is just a cynical political ploy.¶ ‘I’ve gotten into shouting matches with top Russian officials. But I realized unless therewas an argument made, a platform created, we wouldn’t have as strong of a case.’¶ Back in 2011, Clinton famously announced ‘gay rights are human rights’.¶ Increasing international pressures give the US the clout to cause LGBT activism to spillover Muse-Fisher 14 [Andrew, Staff Writer; 05/09/13; -community-an-american-debate-relocated/; THE STRUGGLE FOR RIGHTS WITHIN UGANDA’S LGBT COMMUNITY: AN AMERICAN DEBATE RELOCATED; 06/25/15; jac]In late 2009, the Ugandan parliament introduced a bill that would allow life imprisonment of homosexuals, and in some instances, the death penalty. Though the bill expired after having been tabled for two years, the Ugandan parliament passed a similar bill in late 2013.  President Yoweri Museveni, after some hesitation, signed the bill into law in early 2014.  Though it may appear as if the president and parliament were just acting to meet the demands of the Ugandan majority, there is much more going on in the background. In the battle over LGBT rights in Uganda, those in favor of the bill have received support from American evangelical missionaries. On the other side of the debate, those against the bill have heard support from international groups and individuals, including U.S. President Barack Obama. Indeed, it appears that this is not simply Uganda’s fight, but also represents an international “spillover” effect from the ongoing debate over LGBT rights in the United States.¶Prior to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill introduced in 2009, homosexuality was already illegal in Uganda. The point of the bill was to go one step further and make “aggravated homosexuality” punishable by death.  “Aggravated homosexuality” isdefined as repeated homosexual behavior and/or homosexual behavior by people who are HIV positive.  To many, this came as an extreme addition to an already draconian set of laws. The law outlawing homosexuality had been in place for nearly a century, so the sudden necessity of a new law suggests it is politically motivated; the oldlaw is still an effective discriminatory instrument. A window into those considerations might be found in the fact that Minister of Parliament David Bahati, before introducing the bill, attended a meeting with evangelicals from the United States who promote converting homosexuals to heterosexuality through prayer.  The timing was
symbolic in that Bahati, when proposing the bill, chose to highlight a link between American evangelical influence and the bill, albeit indirectly.