In a statement released early this afternoon the White House condemned Ugandan President Museveni's decision to sign into law a bill that criminalizes homosexuality, calling the legislation a step backward for civil rights.

"Instead of standing on the side of freedom, justice and equal rights for its people, today, regrettably, Ugandan President Museveni took Uganda a step backward," said White House press secretary Jay Carney in a statement. "As President Obama has said, this law is more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda, it reflects poorly on the country's commitment to protecting the human rights of its people and will undermine public health, including efforts to fight HIV/AIDS."