Uganda: A rainbow on a building has been removed after a gay dispute.
After an uproar from parents who said the “satanic” image encouraged homosexuality in the Christian-majority nation, Ugandan officials ordered the removal of a rainbow painted on a structure in a children’s park.
Mayor Fabrice Brad Rulinda said in a statement Wednesday that a local organization has painted one of the towers in the Entebbe municipal park in rainbow colors as part of the area’s revitalization.
“For years, children in Uganda have only regarded the rainbow as a beautiful arc of colors and one that biblically represents the glory and grandeur of God,” he added, noting that “certain movements have opted to exploit the rainbow to symbolize various behaviors that go against the traditions of the Ugandan people.
“We must battle against any vices that may corrupt the brains of our children,” he added, adding that the public’s concerns had been handled and the rainbow paint had been removed from the children’s park.
Emmanuel Mugabe, a member of the National Parents Association, told AFP the rainbow hues on the tower were “satanic” and represented “an invasion of homosexuality via the manipulation of the minds of children”.
“We’re glad the rainbow has been gone before we do it ourselves,” he continued.
The lawsuit stems from a public uproar in Kasese, Uganda, where local officials are attempting to adopt legislation recognizing gay, lesbian, and transgender rights.
In a statement to parliament on Wednesday, the Minister of State for Local Government recommended the authorities “to withdraw the proposed legislation since it defies Ugandan laws and the social and cultural well-being of the people of Kasese and Uganda in general”.
The Ugandan government formed a committee last month to examine the alleged “promotion” of homosexual, lesbian, and transgender rights in schools.
Uganda has stringent anti-homosexuality laws, however, no arrests for consensual homosexual conduct have occurred in recent years.
A Ugandan court ruled in 2014 that a measure proposed by MPs and ratified by President Yoweri Museveni that intended to inflict life imprisonment for same-sex couples was unconstitutional.
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