US Secretary of State John Kerry
It’s emerged that Uganda’s President Museveni has agreed to meet with American scientists on the subject of homosexuality.
Museveni previously claimed that he signed his country’s oppressive Anti-Homosexuality Bill last month because he had been convinced by local experts that homosexuality was neither natural nor a genetic condition.
Before signing the bill, Museveni said that he would review the law if American scientists could prove to him that people are born gay.
Buzffeed reports that this may yet happen, as revealed by US Secretary of State John Kerry at a town hall meeting at the State Department in Washington on Tuesday.
“I talked personally to President Museveni just a few weeks ago,” said Kerry, “and he committed to meet with some of our experts so that we could engage him in a dialogue as to why what he did could not be based on any kind of science or fact, which is what he was alleging.”
“He welcomed that and said that he was happy to receive them and we can engage in that kind of conversation… maybe we can reach a point of reconsideration,” said the Secretary of State
Kerry also commented that his department is reviewing its policies with regard to countries with anti-gay laws “to figure out what the options are as to how we can begin to change minds, move leaders, reach the public, the same kind of education that took place frankly here in our country.”
He explained that US diplomats have been told to become knowledgeable on the issue of LGBT equality.
“We talked about how everybody in everyone of those consulates and embassies is going to have responsibility now to become an advocate with facts,” Kerry said.
“It’s going to have to be strategic country by country. So we’re going to try to put together the overall umbrella program tailorable, obviously, region by region and country by country,” he added.
Earlier this month, the British Medical Association described Uganda’s “scientific” justification for its anti-gay law as “bad science.”