Uganda Anti-Gay Legislation Should Be Condemned

January 5, 2010

San Jose Mercury News editorial

The appalling fact that Uganda is still considering legislation that would impose a death penalty on homosexuals illuminates the anti-gay atrocities occurring every day throughout East Africa.

The U.S. evangelical movement, which helped trigger the anti-gay movement in Africa, should universally condemn the proposed Uganda law. President Barack Obama has already made clear his opposition, but he should go further: The United States government, which in October pledged to give Uganda $246 million to help revive the ravaged nation, should make it clear that any future aid is contingent on the African nation renouncing this outrageous violation of human rights.

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The Oh Decade: Equality for Lesbians and Gays Is an Inevitability

January 5, 2010

by  Gavin Newsom | Sacramento Bee

Mayor Gavin Newsom

It all started in January 2004 when I attended George W. Bush’s State of the Union address. In the midst of two major wars and serious fear about national security and terrorism, the president of the United States chose to highlight a social issue. The president closed his speech with a call for a defense of the “sanctity of marriage,” or in other words, threatening the American people with a constitutional amendment to limit the rights of gays and lesbians to marry.

I was furious. So were millions of other Americans who put faith in the preamble to the Declaration of Independence and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, provisions in our founding documents, establishing the principles of equality upon which our nation is built.

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Hate Begets Hate

January 5, 2010

New York Times editorial

Uganda’s government, which has a shameful record of discrimination against gay men and lesbians, is now considering legislation that would impose the death sentence for homosexual behavior. The United States and others need to make clear to the Ugandan government that such barbarism is intolerable and will make it an international pariah.

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