Uganda's Museveni signs anti-gay bill

February 24, 2014
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signs an anti-homosexual bill into law at the state house in Entebbe
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Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signs an anti-homosexual bill into law at the state house in Entebbe, 36 km (22 miles) south west of capital Kampala February 24, 2014. Museveni signed into law on Monday an anti-gay bill that toughens already strict legislation against homosexuals, defying warnings from the United States that relations could be complicated by the new rules. REUTERS/James Akena (UGANDA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)

ENTEBBE, Uganda (Reuters) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law on Monday an anti-gay bill that toughens already strict legislation against homosexuals, defying warnings from the United States that relations could be complicated by the new rules.

Museveni's signature will please a staunchly conservative local constituency that is vehemently opposed to homosexuality, but risks alienating Western aid donors.

Museveni signed the bill during a press conference at State House in Entebbe, close to the capital Kampala.

(Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Drazen Jorgic)