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Amnesty International Official Criticizes Obama For Likely Dodge On LGBT Issues During Africa Trip

You may recall that President Obama is in Africa this week.

PresidentThe Associated Press wondered if Obama would bring up gay rights during his first presidential visit to the continent —something especially pressing considering today's U.S. Supreme Court rulings in favor of gay marriage and the fact that 38 countries in sub-Saharan Africa now have laws criminalizing homosexuality.

At a panel this week hosted by the Advocacy Network for Africa, Adotei Akwei — Amnesty International's Managing Director for Government Relations — criticized the president for his likely focus on economic issues rather than on issues regarding women's rights, the environment or LGBT oppression.

The President would have a lot to speak about if he chose to address Africa's gay rights record. This year alone, Nigerian legislators passed a law to imprison gays, Uganda jailed a British playwright for staging the country's first gay-themed play, Zimbabwe's Prime Minister publicly denounced homosexuality and several teenage South African boys died due to abuse at a gay conversion camp.

UPDATE: Following a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Macky Sall of Senegal, Obama is making some remarks.

NBC's Chuck Todd reports on Twitter: "Senegal criminalizes homosexuality. POTUS says while personal views and religious customs shd be respected, a STATE shd treat people equally...POTUS says Senegal's treatment of gays did NOT come up in the bilateral meeting."

However, Obama did comment on yesterday's DOMA rulings, Todd reports: "POTUS calls SCOTUS decisions on Prop. 8 and DOMA a "victory" for democracy.  "One more step" toward basic principles of equality..."We have to comb through every federal statute" regarding how to administratively apply the DOMA ruling."

UPDATE II: More on the exchange from the Washington Times.

“People should be treated equally,” Mr. Obama said Thursday at a press conference in Dakar, Senegal, on the first full day of his three-nation tour of the continent. He said although people have differing views about homosexuality, the laws of African nations must grant all people equal protection, regardless of sexual orientation.

That view was promptly rejected by President Macky Sall of Senegal, who was sharing the stage with Mr. Obama.
“We are still not ready to decriminalize homosexuality,” Mr. Sall said. “I’ve already said it in the past. We’re still not ready to change the law. This does not mean that we are all homophobic.”

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  1. So the President is being criticized for how someone thinks he is going to respond? What a jerk.

    Posted by: Phil | Jun 27, 2013 8:07:56 AM


  2. THE KENYAN SHOULD KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT AND SAY NOTHING ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY WHILE IN THE SUB-SAHARA.

    PEOPLE, THE LAW DOES NOT REQUIRE CLERGY TO MARRY, gays. I WONDER WHAT THE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT WILL BE ON NEGRO HOMOSEXUALS IN CALIFORNIA WHO WILL BE REFUSED BY THEIR NEGRO CHURCH-PASTORS?

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 27, 2013 9:08:16 AM


  3. Why do bigots always type in all-caps? Are they really so dim-witted that they think it adds impact to their weak and ineffectual arguments? All they do is convince the rest of us that they are indeed the idiots their rhetoric suggests.

    Posted by: Miche Rutledge | Jun 27, 2013 9:21:38 AM


  4. we don't

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 27, 2013 1:24:48 PM


  5. Is Christopher Allen Horton actually insane, or is it just an act?

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 27, 2013 1:45:37 PM


  6. Does this qualify as egg on Amnesty International's face? http://news.yahoo.com/obama-clashes-african-host-over-gay-rights-134627018.html

    Posted by: PJ | Jun 27, 2013 4:04:08 PM


  7. Pay him no mind... To CAHAH above that is.

    So Obama did mention it only to be challenged by that Senegalese idiot? I was hoping Obama would say something while in Africa and I'm glad he did.

    Now being of African myself I know that the continent as a whole has A LOT of challenges to deal with and yes true leaders can tackle more than one issue at a time but when you mix corruption, incompetence, hunger for power, etc with religious fundamentalism, it is REALLY hard to get these "leaders" to understand the most basic concepts like human rights issues.

    He(Obama) should be applauded for finally bringing it up/

    Posted by: SHABAKA | Jun 27, 2013 9:07:55 PM


  8. *African descent**^^^^^^^^^^

    Posted by: SHABAKA | Jun 27, 2013 9:11:33 PM


  9. "SHABAKA,"

    YOU ARE THE REASON WHY I RETURNED TO THIS THREAD. I WANTED TO READ WHAT YOU TYPED. YOU ARE PREDICTABLE.

    Towleroad HAS A VIDEO-CLIP OF A Negro lesbian IN FLORIDA WHO WAS SAD ABOUT YESTERDAY'S RULINGS. SURELY, "SHABAKA," AS NEGRO YOU KNOW THAT FEMALE WAS ALSO SAD FOR O-T-H-E-R REASONS.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 27, 2013 9:20:14 PM


  10. ^^^^^^^SMDH! Now go have a stadium of seat! Dismissed!

    Posted by: SHABAKA | Jun 27, 2013 10:02:50 PM


  11. "SHABAKA,"

    IF "SMDH" MEANS WHAT I THINK IT MEANS, YOU NEED TO RE-THINK YOUR MONIKER. I AM QUITE SURE YOU LACK THE FUNDS TO GET THE SURGERY YOU SO STRONGLY DESIRE.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 28, 2013 1:01:39 AM


  12. BY-THE-WAY, "SHABAKA," GOING-OFF ON blacks IS SOMETHING I ENJOY; IT MAY BE BEST IF YOU IGNORE ME.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 28, 2013 1:13:16 AM


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