U.S. Takes Action Against Uganda

The U.S. followed through on threats against Uganda for passing a law with harsh punishments for homosexuality. On Thursday, the U.S. cut aid to the country, imposed visa restrictions, and canceled a regional military exercise. The White House said the move would “reinforce our support for human rights of all Ugandans regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.” Homosexuality is illegal in 37 African countries, including Uganda, where it has been a crime since the British were in charge. The new law in Uganda set a lifetime prison sentence for “aggravated homosexuality.” It also criminalized lesbianism for the first time.