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Anti-Gay Uganda Also Home to Most Gay Porn Google Searches

Uganda, one of the most aggressively anti-gay nations in the world, is also the site of the greatest number of gay porn Google searches.

The Guardian pointed to a Mother Jones survey last year found that Uganda topped the list of countries where people Googled gay sex, with Pakistan and Kenya, two countries that also persecute gays, following behind. There seems to be a connection between protesting homosexuality and being interested in it on some level, a notion corroborated by instances like the anti-gay evangelical preacher Ted Haggard being caught paying for gay sex.

A bill is being considered in Uganda that will sentence all gay people to life in prison, while anyone who fails to give a gay person over to the authorities in 24 hours will also receive a prison sentence. In its original form in 2009, homosexuality was punishable by the death penalty, but the international community protested so vehemently that the law was scaled back.

Roger Ross Williams, director of the Ugandan documentary “God Loves Uganda,” told the Huffington Post that in a sexually repressed society like Uganda, it’s natural that sex will surface even stronger than in countries with more liberal policies.

"When you have a repressive society like that, people are repressed, so it goes underground," Williams said. "They're obsessed with sex."

People searching for gay porn can just as easily be looking out of curiosity as from a sexual impulse, Williams pointed out.

"Culturally, you don't talk about sex in Uganda ... what this bill has done, it brought homosexuality in the public conversation. People are curious,” Williams said.

The world’s eyes were on the Ugandan president as he prepared to sign the bill that had passed through the country’s parliament. According to AFP, President Yoweri Museveni just refused to sign it. A spokesperson stated that Museveni thinks that homosexuals are “sick” and thus should not be killed.

"The president says that these people are sick, you cannot kill a sick person. A person that has been found guilty of homosexual practices cannot be imprisoned for life," presidential spokesman Tamale Mirudi told the news source.

Sources: GuardianHuffington PostAFP

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