Obama urges gay rights in Africa during trip to Senegal

BBC News
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June 27, 2013

US President Barack Obama has called on African governments to give gay people equal rights by decriminalising homosexual acts. Mr Obama made the comments in Senegal after meeting President Macky Sall on the first leg of his African tour. Mr Sall said Senegal was a "very tolerant" country but it was "not ready to decriminalise homosexuality". Homosexual acts are still a crime in 38 African countries, where most people hold conservative religious views. In 2011, the US and UK hinted that they could withdraw aid from countries which did not respect gay rights.