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Uganda arrests gays and human rights activists. Again.

In Kampala, armed police raid a regional conference on the rights of gays. Amnesty denounces action as 'outrageous.'
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Members of the Ugandan gay community mourn at the funeral of murdered activist David Kato near Mataba, on January 28, 2011. Although the police claim it was most likely a petty crime, many members of the gay and the human rights community hold the Ugandan government responsible for not battling the growing violence against homosexuals in the Ugandan society. (Marc Hofer/AFP/Getty Images)

Uganda is keeping up its assault on the rights of gays.

Yesterday armed Ugandan police raided a human rights workshop and arrested lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists and organizers of the conference in Kampala. This is the second time that Ugandan authorities have disrupted a workshop and arrested participants.

At least five staff of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, who organized the workshop, were detained by the police along with at least 12 of the workshop participants, according to local reports and Amnesty International.

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Some of the participants, who came from Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, managed to escape after being informed by members of the media that the police were on their way.

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Members of the Ugandan gay community mourn at the funeral of murdered activist David Kato near Mataba, on January 28, 2011. Although the police claim it was most likely a petty crime, many members of the gay and the human rights community hold the Ugandan government responsible for not battling the growing violence against homosexuals in the Ugandan society. (Marc Hofer/AFP/Getty Images)

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Cynthia Nixon marries Christine Marinoni

"Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon and longtime girlfriend Christine Marinoni were legally married Sunday in New York City.
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Actress Cynthia Nixon and activist Christine Marinoni attend the "Miracle's Boys" premiere party at Cain on February 10, 2005 in New York City. The couple married on May 27, 2012. (Andrew Kent/Getty Images)
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Robert Mugabe: 25-years of gay-bashing

Zimbabwe’s president has been ranting against homosexuality since 1987. Here are some of his most vitriolic statements on the subject.
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Pretty in pink. Zimbabwe President and leader of ZANU PF Robert Mugabe arrives at the party's 12th National People's Conference in Bulawayo, on December 8, 2011. (JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Robert Mugabe became the president of Zimbabwe in 1987.

Since then, one of Africa's longest-ruling dictators has been on a public crusade against homosexuals.

Here is a closer look at some of the things that have come out of his mouth on the topics of homosexuality and gay rights.

Just last week, speaking in Harare at a Women Empowerment conference of all places, Zimbabwe’s president expressed his latest views on homosexuality, The Zimbabwe Mail reports:

“When a man says he wants to get married to another man, we in Zimbabwe don't accept it. We can't talk of women's rights at all if we go in that direction. It will lead to extinction," Mugabe said. "Mothers were given the talent to bear children. That talent doesn't belong to men."

He also said that gay people are “below dogs,” as he had said many time before.

According to The Zimbabwe Mail article, he also shared his views on women‘s equality in the same venue:

"Our customs look down on women as inferior. Men pay cattle and money to get a wife and expect women to obey them. Women will surely lose. Men say that women are not as knowledgeable as us. The attitude of men still despises women."

Call me old-fashioned, but in a culture where men apparently despise women, wouldn’t homosexuality actually make a lot of sense? I guess not.

In February, Mugabe called British Prime Minister David Cameron “satanic“ and told him "to hell with you" over his calls to respect gay rights, as reported by AFP:

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United Kingdom: Free IVF for gay couples and women up to 42 years

In controversial government guidelines, gay couples and women in their 40s will be entitled to free fertility treatment for the first time.
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Louise Brown (top), from England, was the first ever child to be conceived through in-vitro fertilization. (RACHEL COBB/AFP/Getty Images)

Just as the US goes through the aftermath of President Obama’s same-sex marriage endorsement, a controversy of similar proportions is brewing on the other side of the Atlantic.

For the first time in UK  history, same-sex couples will be given the same rights as heterosexual couples for fertility treatment, The Telegraph reports. But that's not all:

“The NHS will also extend the upper age limit for IVF, or in-vitro fertilisation, by three years to 42, following advice that suggests many women in their late 30s and early 40s could conceive after treatment. The move will see thousands of women a year given the chance to become mothers without having to pay up to L8,000 to private clinics.”

According to The Telegraph, the new guidelines also call on health authorities in England and Wales to fund fertility treatment known as intra-uterine insemination (IUI), using donor sperm, for people in same-sex relationships.

If they fail to conceive after six cycles of IUI, they should be considered for IVF, which is much more costly and involved.

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