One of the world’s most discriminatory and blatant anti-LGBT laws has been called “not anti-gay” today in an official statement from the government.

While not as militant as other laws around the world, the Ugandan government has stepped back their persecution of homosexuals in recent weeks. It has been speculated that this statement comes on the heels of the United States cutting aid to the country last month.

The government has said that the law’s only purpose is “to stop the promotion and exhibition of homosexual practices”. However, the Ugandans in charge maintain that the country remains committed to “the protection of the rights of all individuals on the territory of Uganda…”

That might be difficult considering at least 17 reported suicide attempts, mostly by males under the age of 25 since the passing of the act.