Ugandan gay activist's funeral marred by commotion

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A woman reacts after viewing the coffin of Ugandan gay activist, David Kato at Mukono, Uganda, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. A prominent Ugandan gay rights activist whose picture was published by an anti-gay newspaper next to the words "Hang Them" was bludgeoned to death. Police said Thursday his sexual orientation had nothing to do with the killing and that one "robber" had been arrested. (AP Photo/Michele Sibiloni)
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A woman reacts after viewing the coffin of Ugandan gay activist, David Kato at Mukono, Uganda, Friday, …

An anti-gay protester has created a commotion at the funeral for a prominent activist slain in Uganda.

Services were held Friday for David Kato, who was bludgeoned to death earlier this week at his home.

Kato's killing comes after a year of stepped up threats against gays in Uganda, where a bill has proposed the death penalty for some homosexual acts.

Ugandan authorities though say his sexual orientation had nothing to do with his death, and that he was slain by robbers.

Kato's picture had been published by an anti-gay newspaper next to the words "Hang Them," and colleagues said he had received multiple threats.

U.S. President Barack Obama says Kato showed "tremendous courage in speaking out against hate."

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