Excerpts from Ugandan leader's letter on gays

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Associated Press

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 12:02 PM

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Excerpts from Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's letter to the speaker of Parliament about an anti-gay bill, as published Friday in the Kampala newspaper Daily Monitor:

— He calls homosexuals "abnormal" because "a normal person was created to be attracted to the opposite sex in order to procreate and perpetuate the human race."

— "What do we do with an abnormal person? Do we kill him/her? Do we imprison him/her? Or do we contain him/her?"

— Homosexuals can be "much more useful to society than sexually normal people."

— He disagrees with "the position of Western countries that homosexuality is an alternative sexual orientation."

— "Let us cure the economic conditions so that we rescue our youth and, then, see how to deal with the few abnormals that may be there among us."

— Advises Uganda's parliament to wait for the ruling party to reach "a scientifically correct position."

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