The 150 years old law, punishes "carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman
There was no doubt, then, that the "trespass" charges against the protesters aimed not just to suppress dissent, but to send a message that some people-"sodomites," violators of the "carnal knowledge" law-should not be seen or heard in public at all. President Yoweri Museveni, who had campaigned against LGBT people's rights for a decade, reinforced that message at every opportunity. He called homosexuality "a decadent culture … being passed by Western nations," warning: "It is a danger not only to the [Christian] believers but to the whole of Africa."He praised Ugandans for "rejecting" it, and claimed that "having spinsters and bachelors was quite alien to Ugandan traditions."
The law primed the whole populace to help extirpate the "danger." For instance, one influential pastor-famous for his campaigns against condom use-urged that "Homosexuals should absolutely not be included in Uganda's HIV/AIDS framework. It is a crime, and when you are trying to stamp out a crime you don't include it in your programmes." The same minister listed Ugandan LGBT rights activists by name on a website, posting pictures and addresses of the "homosexual promoters"-making them bullseyes for brute vengeance. The atmosphere crackled with explosive menace. Hundreds marched in 2007 to threaten punishment for LGBT people, calling them "criminal" and "against the laws of nature." Yet government ministers still warned that tougher anti-gay measures were needed. "Satan," one said, "is having an upper hand in our country."