Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said he will go ahead and sign an anti-gay bill into law despite pressure from the United States.
Museveni made the remarks late Sunday at the close of a meeting of the ruling party's legislators.
Last month, Museveni refused to sign the bill criminalizing homosexuality, but according to a State House statement issued here Saturday, he has said he will sign following a scientific explanation from experts that homosexuality is not biological. A government spokesperson previously told press "homosexuality is not a disease but merely an abnormal behavior."
Museveni said all those promoting homosexuality should not only be dealt with by law, but also harshly. While a previous clause proposing the death penalty for some offences has been dropped, the current proposal could see those convicted facing life imprisonment.
US President Barack Obama on Sunday voiced his "deep disappointment" at Museveni's plan to enact the legislation, warning the move will "complicate" US relations with Uganda and be a "step backward" for all Ugandans.
The bill, which has been in Uganda's parliament since 2009, was overwhelmingly passed by legislators recently.