GOP Reps. Invoke Anti-Gay 'Manhattan Declaration' in Condemnation of Ugandan 'Kill the Gays' Bill

As reports emerge that Uganda's president has promised to veto the "kill the gays" bill, five GOP Congressman have spoken out against the legistlation:

Uganda "Five Republican representatives – Chris Smith, Frank Wolf, Joe Pitts, Trent Franks and Anh 'Joseph' Cao – have written a letter to Ugandan President Yoweri Mouseveni pressing him to stop pending legislation that would severely criminalize homosexuality and sometimes impose the death penalty for homosexual acts. In the letter, which you can read in full here, the men say their religious faith requires them to oppose the legislation because it contradicts the 'foundational Christian belief in the inherent dignity and worth of all men and women.'"

The letter invokes the anti-gay Manhattan Declaration: "As Members of Congress and as men of faith, we support the principles set forth in the declaration and are thankful for the principled position of these faith leaders on a host of issues, from the sanctity of life for the unborn and others, to religious freedom, to human dignity, to the belief that marriage is an institution between one man and one woman."

More on the Manhattan Declaration, which hopes to influence current Congressional debates over health care reform, DOMA, and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, as well as abortion and stem cell research, here.

Read the Reps' letter to Mouseveni, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, Wales said it will still be sending aid to Uganda despite the pending "kill the gays" bill.


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  1. With friends like these, who needs enemies. This is proof positive that we remain second-class citizens the world round.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Dec 23, 2009 10:21:04 AM

  2. so to's okay to HATE gays....just don't KILL them.

    Got it. Thanks, GOP.

    Posted by: Jay | Dec 23, 2009 10:38:08 AM

  3. I'll be... I've lived in Joe Pitt's district for almost a decade now. The fact that he's willing to sign on this letter certainly caught me off guard.

    You can piss and moan all you want (and I'm sure you will), but this is a pretty big step. I may not vote for Joe Pitts, but he's certainly getting a letter thanking him.

    Posted by: DR | Dec 23, 2009 1:28:40 PM

  4. I agree. It's a kinder, gentler fascism than the Ugandan variety.

    Posted by: don | Dec 23, 2009 2:58:26 PM

  5. Yes, they prefer us in the closet, not the coffin.

    Pretty sad when we're feeling grateful for politicians who don't want us dead.

    Posted by: Wes | Dec 23, 2009 3:32:13 PM

  6. Okay, apparently many of you are not intelligent enough to read between the lines. This is a coded message that supports the bill sponsored by reps who want to APPEAR to condemn it explicitly. Implicitly, their use of the declaration to "condemn" the kill the gays bill is a green light. Without invoking the virulently bigoted religious declaration, they could have made their point...and clearer. They chose not to for a reason, and that reason is that they support the kill the gays bill.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 23, 2009 9:00:29 PM

  7. ok, I really have to step in here. I live in Joe Pitts district and to say that he supports the murder of gay people is just stupid, Tank. Seriously. Drop the bad conspiracy theories and hysteria, please, and accept this for what it is. A pretty pleasant surprise from a groups of GOPers.

    Posted by: DR | Dec 23, 2009 10:23:50 PM

  8. Dead gay people can't pay taxes. It's simple math, really.

    Posted by: HW In SoCal | Dec 24, 2009 9:42:32 AM

  9. I disagree. There was no need to mention the manhattan declaration other than to give implicit consent to the discrimination of gay people. And, on the extreme end, that gives tacit support to the criminilization of homosexuality. You can put your poms poms away.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 24, 2009 1:49:20 PM

  10. And you ought to put your paranoia away, Tank. Not every move made by the Republicans is made to bring us down.

    Posted by: DR | Dec 28, 2009 12:16:48 PM

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