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John Kerry Says State Dept. Reviewing Relationship with Uganda Over 'Tragic' Anti-Gay Law

Secretary of State john Kerry released a statement today following Ugandan President Museveni's signing of the 'Anti-Homosexuality Act', penalizing homosexuality with life imprisonment.

KerrySaid Kerry in the statement:

This is a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights. Ultimately, the only answer is repeal of this law.

The United States is deeply disappointed in the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda. For the four years since the bill was introduced, we have been crystal clear that it blatantly violates human rights obligations that Uganda’s Human Rights Commission itself has recognized are enshrined in Uganda’s Constitution

Today’s signing threatens a dangerous slide backward in Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people and a serious threat to the LGBT community in Uganda.

We are also deeply concerned about the law’s potential to set back public health efforts in Uganda, including those to address HIV/AIDS, which must be conducted in a non-discriminatory manner in order to be effective.

As President Obama stated, this legislation is not just morally wrong, it complicates a valued relationship. Now that this law has been enacted, we are beginning an internal review of our relationship with the Government of Uganda to ensure that all dimensions of our engagement, including assistance programs, uphold our anti-discrimination policies and principles and reflect our values.

From Nigeria to Russia and Uganda, we are working globally to promote and protect the human rights of all persons. The United States will continue to stand against any efforts to marginalize, criminalize, and penalize vulnerable persons in any society.

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  1. Stop sending my gay tax dollars to uganda.
    Not worth capitalizing the 'u' in that country's name.

    Posted by: Edd | Feb 24, 2014 6:28:58 PM

  2. "Now that this law has been enacted, we are beginning an internal review of our relationship with the Government of Uganda to ensure that all dimensions of our engagement, including assistance programs, uphold our anti-discrimination policies and principles and reflect our values." Sadly, it does reflect the values of some Americans. Many Christian evangelicals as positively giddy about this law, and the anti-gay law in Russia. They express publicly that they long for a day when America a President as "strong and brave" as Putin.

    Posted by: Gigi | Feb 24, 2014 6:30:46 PM

  3. For starters cut the foreign aid these countries are dependent on because they are too inept and stupid to run their things on their own.

    What a bunch of backwards morons. They are a mess of poverty and blight and all they can do is demonize gay people instead of solving their own problems.

    Posted by: Andy | Feb 24, 2014 6:30:52 PM

  4. We do not maintain relations with Cuba or North Korea where the people are oppressed. To me the same should apply to Uganda.

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 24, 2014 6:31:38 PM

  5. The hell for does the U.S. need to be giving aid to all these uptight countries?

    Posted by: Drummond | Feb 24, 2014 6:39:08 PM

  6. Are you commenters even reading the statement you are commenting on? EVERYTHING is being reviewed and Uganda is about to be country non grata.

    Posted by: chris | Feb 24, 2014 6:51:32 PM

  7. I hope for nothing less than the complete cessation of all U.S. aid to this excuse for a country; additionally, I look for sanctions against doing business with it. US Government investigations of evangelical church groups who aided and abetted this politically motivated law would also seem to be in order as these groups get tax exemptions for being non political.

    Posted by: Bobubye | Feb 24, 2014 7:09:37 PM

  8. Nigeria

    Posted by: Mark Twain | Feb 24, 2014 7:22:25 PM

  9. What? No words from the American Muscoveni's?
    Tony Perkins. Brian Brown. Maggie Gallagher. Peter LaBarbara. Linda Harvey. ADF. Agema. Don't be shy. Speak up so that you can take rightful ownership in the genocide you've helped create.

    How about American Republicans? You on board with this Priebus? How about you Rubio? Gonna stay in hiding until someone else gives you the high sign on what to say? And you Scott Walker. You want to hide from campaign corruption as 'old' news but treating LGBT citizens unequal is what you ran on. What say you now? Speak up. What do we do for our fellow humans criminalized for being born? Show us that leadership you think makes you Presidenital material.

    Posted by: BOOM! | Feb 24, 2014 7:32:24 PM

  10. So now there's a big "Keep Out" sign on a country. And there will be one on a a state, regardless of what is signed. We are not a loved people.

    Posted by: Blake | Feb 24, 2014 7:34:21 PM

  11. I'm a bit confused. What are we supposed to hate this week? After our impact at the Olympics, it might be time to lose Cooper, Sullivan and Maddow. We need new leaders. Or no leaders. I hate those three.

    Posted by: Neil | Feb 24, 2014 7:48:22 PM

  12. Just more "Awareness Actvism" passing for an action that needs to be done.....

    Posted by: styler | Feb 24, 2014 7:55:27 PM

  13. Wishy washy. " ensure that all dimensions of our engagement, including assistance programs, uphold our anti-discrimination policies and principles and reflect our values." Ugh.

    Posted by: Mark Barnes | Feb 24, 2014 8:05:59 PM

  14. Don't hesitate in signing the White House petition to defund Uganda, here:

    We need to keep the pressure on Congress and the White House and hit back at Uganda hard. Stop all funding - no medical or economic aid whatsoever. Let the citizens of Uganda feel the pain of empty pockets.

    Posted by: Cary Chauvet | Feb 24, 2014 8:16:33 PM

  15. Mark Barnes:
    Wishy washy? What do you expect?
    You want him to come down to the level of that Uganda president and call him disgusting? Or to send him a missile through air?

    Posted by: simon | Feb 24, 2014 8:34:23 PM

  16. Uganda has been a hell-hole for decades. Remember Idi Amin, its leader back in the 1970's? He allegedly had an appetite for human flesh.

    Uganda is a hole which has been receiving American taxpayers' money via the United Nations. The UN has been silent on this because it knows it will be exposed.

    Posted by: roger | Feb 24, 2014 8:37:30 PM

  17. So what is the US going to do about it?

    Posted by: tristram | Feb 24, 2014 8:46:32 PM

  18. Congress MUST stop all US foreign aid going to Uganda if we are to have any credibility in the world as a country that values human rights. Talk is cheap. We need action.

    Posted by: Nick | Feb 24, 2014 9:47:00 PM

  19. Like all of you, I am in favor of cutting all foreign aid to Uganda. However, I think it needs to also come with an offer of asylum to all GLBT Ugandans who would like to flee to the United States. We simply can't abandon them in this situation, we have to help them.

    Posted by: Jason | Feb 24, 2014 11:44:34 PM

  20. For those interested, I created a White House petition.

    Posted by: Tom | Feb 25, 2014 2:15:39 AM

  21. I'm glad he put Russia together with Nigeria and Uganda. But he should have put Arizona there too.

    Posted by: TheSeer | Feb 25, 2014 3:02:28 AM

  22. if it follows pattern used time and time again....after all the reevaluations the $ will NOT be cut, based on .... the same old reasoning .... the $ are needed to help the OTHER people in Uganda
    Crap USA HAS to keep the country under its thumb only because the country has something WE want

    Posted by: lg | Feb 25, 2014 4:11:53 AM

  23. I visited my (Canadian New Democrat) constituency office today to register my opinion on this issue, and to request cutting off aid, and implementing restrictions on trade, but the staff there seemed entirely uninterested in these developments. Within minutes, they rushed me out the door telling me to send an email. This will be part of the email.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 25, 2014 12:39:44 PM

  24. Talk is talk! Let's see some ACTION and stop sending them $$$ to discriminate!

    Posted by: John P. Ouderkirk, MD | Feb 25, 2014 2:00:32 PM

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