Uganda, a landlocked country in East Africa, has been in the news recently due to the passing of a controversial law that criminalizes homosexuality. President Joe Biden and even Ted Cruz have condemned the Ugandan law, which has sparked both local and international outrage.

The legislation comes after years of lobbying from American Christian groups, some of which previously supported such harsh anti-LGBTQ measures. These groups have been criticized for pushing their religious agenda on Ugandan lawmakers and disregarding the rights and safety of the LGBTQ community in Uganda.

The new law, officially called the Sexual Offences Bill, includes provisions that criminalize "promotion of homosexuality," meaning that anyone who advocates or supports same-sex relationships could now face up to five years in prison. The bill also criminalizes touching someone of the same sex with an intent to engage in sexual activity, with a potential punishment of life imprisonment.

The passing of the law has drawn widespread condemnation from local and international human rights groups, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations. These organizations have called on the Ugandan government to repeal the law and respect the rights of the LGBTQ community.

The law is particularly concerning given the already hostile environment for LGBTQ people in Uganda. Homosexuality was already

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