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White House Releases Statement Denouncing Uganda's Anti-Gay Law

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney this morning released a statement following the signing of Uganda's anti-gay law by President Museveni:

2_museveniInstead of standing on the side of freedom, justice, and equal rights for its people, today, regrettably, Ugandan President Museveni took Uganda a step backward by signing into law legislation criminalizing homosexuality. As President Obama has said, this law is more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda, it reflects poorly on the country's commitment to protecting the human rights of its people and will undermine public health, including efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. We will continue to urge the Ugandan government to repeal this abhorrent law and to advocate for the protection of the universal human rights of LGBT persons in Uganda and around the world.

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  1. Hmm. Re-direct the money toward PEPFAR efforts in South Africa and other countries that don't discriminate against LGBT people?

    Posted by: Gruntled | Feb 24, 2014 11:59:46 AM

  2. Hmmm, that seems to be a lot weaker and unspecific than it might have been. Wonder what other countries have to say.

    Posted by: emjayay | Feb 24, 2014 12:01:30 PM

  3. Translation - "we don't like it but it's not on our list of top 100 things to take action against"

    Posted by: AlexBH | Feb 24, 2014 12:09:22 PM

  4. How would cutting back efforts to fight HIV/AIDS do anything besides further hurt gay Ugandans? (Straight ones too, of course.) Not to mention, most countries discriminate against LGBT people in one way or another.

    To nitpick, " of the universal human rights of LGBT persons in Uganda and around the world" sounds a bit odd. "Universal" seems unnecessary or out of place; "inherent" or something along those lines seems more fitting given that LGBT rights are clearly not universally recognized.

    In any event, much of the back and forth "diplomacy" on this issue will occur outside of public view.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 24, 2014 12:14:37 PM

  5. US foreign policy is such that the US can't afford to see the current Ugandan government fall. It's an ally. The US has partnerships with countries that have far worse human rights abuses going on today. This, unfortunately, is how geopolitics works. It's not like the US has done anything about anti-gay or anti-woman human rights abuses with our Middle Eastern allies. Hell, the US allied with Uzbekistan when we knew its leader boiled dissidents alive.

    In terms of human rights abuses, the US can't act with superiority since everyone knows the US uses torture--physical, psychological, and, sometimes rape--against enemies of the US. Moreover, when the US has respected Republican politicians pushing anti-gay bills as we see in Kansas, Arizona, and Oregon, other nations' leaders can operate like this.

    Posted by: Marcel | Feb 24, 2014 12:20:45 PM

  6. Not enough. Only money or lack there of, speaks to these people.

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 24, 2014 12:27:03 PM

  7. By the way, what some people don't understand is that the US is in competition with China and others for influence in Africa. Africa is the next big market that is coming online. China has been making significant inroads into licensing agreements for minerals and other natural resources. If the US pulls assistance, the Chinese will fill the void and gain influence and access to economic opportunities.

    In these types of situations, it's best to be cynical. There's a game afoot.

    Posted by: Marcel | Feb 24, 2014 12:27:21 PM

  8. Cut off aid. It's terrible. It's cruel. It works. The people will be screaming at their government to put things back the way they were. Then we return to normalcy. Not before.

    Posted by: WOLF | Feb 24, 2014 12:37:45 PM

  9. Wolf,

    You mean aid that goes to starving children or HIV prevention/treatment? How exactly would causing a greater human tragedy not cause more resentment against LGBT people there?

    There is no simple solution.

    Rage should be directed equally at the American interlopers who pushed for this kind of legislation. People like Scott Lively who pushed anti-gay hatred should be indicted for under international law.

    Posted by: Marcel | Feb 24, 2014 12:50:12 PM

  10. I would urge anyone who wants to work against this law to leave comments where Ugandans will read them:

    Posted by: ewp | Feb 24, 2014 12:53:15 PM

  11. @ WOLF :
    Yes, I totally agree.

    Some posters on here believe in a softly softly approach. Fine.

    But there will be bodies broken, men disfigured, bullies running rampant with self righteousness.
    I want Obama to stop "urging" and start "doing".
    Again and again I repeat; silence and doing nothing is a repetition of the Thirties in Germany.
    We have blood on our hands because we were silent then. Let's not compound our stupidity.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 24, 2014 1:02:42 PM

  12. This is the third piece of anti-gay legislation in less than a year and I'm sure that the travel records of Scott Lively and his fellow hatemongers will coincide with legislation passed in Russia, Nigeria and now Uganda. Obama should direct the IRS to investigate all organizations involved in spreading the hate beginning with Lively's Abiding Truth Ministries with an eye to revoking their charitable status and pressing criminal charges.

    Posted by: Paul | Feb 24, 2014 1:20:19 PM

  13. Actions speak louder than words. . .what will the Administration do, and not just say?

    Posted by: Keith | Feb 24, 2014 1:22:39 PM

  14. One can't help what the anti gay laws are really about? Is it really an attempt to protect children, to uphold morality as has been claimed or just another way to demonize certain sectors of society who are made to symbolize the ills of society and to curry support for a long running president who needed to create a bogeyman that many can now rally against to the mutual benefit of incumbent elite and divert attention to the ongoing pillage of society, of those massacred, maimed , raped and/or forced into exile......

    Posted by: scallywag | Feb 24, 2014 4:29:33 PM

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