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Default Uganda leader puts anti-gay law on hold to seek more scientific advice (Yahoo)

By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has put a bill imposing strict penalties for homosexuality on hold to give scientists a chance to prove that homosexuality could be triggered by genes and is not a "lifestyle choice". Homosexuality is taboo in African countries and illegal in 37. Museveni dismissed the U.S. threat, but said in a statement dated February 18 and seen by Reuters on Friday that he would not sign the proposed law until after hearing from scientists. Presidential spokesman, Tamale Mirundi, told Reuters on Friday the bill would be on hold for now "until more conclusive research is done, and that's what the president is saying in that letter." The bill, which was introduced in 2009, initially proposed a death sentence for homosexual acts, but was amended to prescribe jail terms including life in jail for what it called aggravated homosexuality.

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