The president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, is defending his choice to crack down on gays. He feels homosexuality is immoral.
And apparently so is kissing his own wife in public, as Museveni has stated. The Ugandan president's remarks were supposed to be a slap at President Barack Obama, who publically embraced his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, when he was re-elected in November 2012.
President Obama has been very critical of Uganda's recently-adopted anti-gay law, which jails homosexuals for life. And President Museveni is going ahead with this even, if the relationship between his country and ours - the world super-power - is damaged as a result.
Here are a couple of Museveni's statements:
Exhibitionism of homosexual behavior must be punished because, in this part of the world, it is forbidden to publicly exhibit any sexual conduct (kissing, etc.,), even for heterosexuals...
If I kissed my wife of 41 years in public, I would lose elections in Uganda.
So apparently kissing is immoral and should be punishable by imprisonment? I wonder if Uganda's leader views murder as immoral and worthy of jail time?
Uganda, which has a population of 35 million people - smaller than the population of the state of California - has a murder rate of 36.3 per 100,000 population. California, with a population of 38 million, has a murder rate of 5 per 100,000 population.
So perhaps the president of Uganda should be worried about violence and taking of lives. Rather than opposing how others want to live their lives.
Leslie Marshall is a nationally-syndicated talk show host (M-F 7-10 p.m. EST). She regularly appears on Fox News, including the O'Reilly Factor, and Hannity. She's been named one of The Magazine's 50 most influential women. Follow her on Twitter at @LeslieMarshall.