Friday, January 22, 2010

Congressional leaders vocal in opposing Ugandan anti-gay bill

Yesterday, Rep. Tammy Baldwin chaired a Congressional hearing on the Ugandan anti-gay bill. Her words should be taken to heart by those who would dare to support the measure (i.e. Peter LaBarbera and Robert Knight.)

In addition, 90 U.S. Congressional leaders have denounced the bill:

In the letters, the Members of Congress call the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2009 “the most extreme and hateful attempt by an African country to criminalize their LGBT community.” The Members asked President Obama to use his “personal leadership, and that of our country, in seeking to deter these legislative proposals,” and warned President Museveni that, “Should the bill be passed, any range of bilateral programs important to relations between our countries and, indeed, to the Ugandan people inevitably would be called under review.”

The Ugandan legislation would increase the penalty for same-sex sexual acts to life in prison, limit the distribution of information on HIV by criminalizing the “promotion of homosexuality,” and establish the crime of “aggravated homosexuality” punishable by death for anyone in Uganda who is HIV positive and has consensual same-sex relations. Further, the bill includes a provision that could lead to the imprisonment for up to three years of anyone who fails to report to the government within 24 hours the identities of everyone they know who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, or who supports human rights for people who are.

Hat tip to Box Turtle Bulletin.

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1 comment:

WMDKitty said...

I think I just might track this one down, and watch it. Wonder if Netflix has it?