Is Obama's stance toward the proposed Ugandan legislation (a) an example of unwarranted American cultural imperialism at work and/or (b) an illegitmate intrusion into another country's affairs and thus (c) an attempt to interfere with that society's political autonomy?
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Obama: Uganda gays bill 'odious'
US President Barack Obama has criticised as "odious" proposed anti-homosexuality legislation in Uganda.
The bill calls for long jail terms or the death penalty in some cases of homosexual intercourse.
It is "unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are," he told politicians and religious leaders at a prayer breakfast in Washington.
Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda and punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
The bill would raise that penalty to life in prison.
It also proposes the death penalty for a new offence of "aggravated homosexuality" - defined as when one of the participants is a minor, HIV-positive, disabled or a "serial offender".ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL
For "serial offenders", HIV-positive "offenders", or those engaging in homosexual activity with a minor or disabled person Life in prison For homosexual acts Seven years in prison For helping, counselling, or encouraging a person to engage in a homosexual act
The bill has already been widely criticised in Europe and the United States.
"We may disagree about gay marriage," Mr Obama told the annual National Prayer Breakfast, "but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are, whether it is here in the United States or... more extremely, in odious laws that are being proposed more recently in Uganda."
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has distanced himself from the bill, saying it did not represent the views of his government.
Two weeks ago its sponsor, David Bahati, told a Ugandan newspaper he was willing to "amend some clauses".
The cabinet has set up a committee to look at his proposals.