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U.S. State Department Meets With Ugandan Leaders Over “Kill The Gays Bill”

The U.S. State Department envoy met with Ugandan leaders over the weekend to express deep concern over the countries anti-gay measure, the so-called “Kill the Gays” bill which could be headed to the Ugandan parliment as soon as this week.

Victoria Nuland, a State Department spokesperson, said during a daily briefing Monday that Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson met with high-profile leaders in Uganda “over the weekend” and raised concerns about the bill, which among other things would punish homosexual acts with life in prison.

“As we have regularly said, we call on the parliament of Uganda to look very carefully at this because Uganda’s own Human Rights Council has made clear that if this were to pass, it would put the country out of compliance with its own international human rights obligations,” Nuland said. “And so, Assistant Secretary Carson had a chance to make that point again and our strong opposition to this, to the president, to the parliament and to key decision makers in Uganda.”

It’s good to see the State Department on this and this assault on decency should be rejected and severely ostracized by the US government.  And if passed every cent of aid should be cut off to Uganda.

But lets not forget where this all started and who is responsible for spreading such hate.  With America’s own religious rightwing extremist doing “missionary” work in Africa.

But where are the voices of America’s REAL Christians condemning the actions in Uganda and the religious right?

Over and over we hear not all “christians” are evil, and I am sure they are not.  But the good ones, the REAL ones need to prove it and speak out against and stand up to the right-wing religious extremist and the heinous work that they do and how they have perverted Christianity.

Because until they do this will not stop.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact: Will@Back2Stonewall.com

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