At the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington today, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton both condemned the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that is currently being debated in Parliament in Uganda. President Obama referred to it as an “unconscionable” and “odious” law. And Secretary of State Clinton, noting how religion can be “used as a club to deny human rights . . . and to discriminate,” emphasized that the administration is working to bridge religious divides and is “standing up for gays and lesbians.”
The Anti-Homosexuality Bill is a homophobic law that would reaffirm penalties for homosexuality, criminalize the “promotion of homosexuality,” and create an offense of “aggravated homosexuality” punishable by the death penalty. This bill targets LGBT Ugandans, their advocates, and anyone else who fails to report them to the authorities whether they are inside or outside of Uganda.
In Congress, two resolutions condemning the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill have been introduced in the House and the Senate this week. The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-CA), introduced House Resolution 1064 yesterday with bipartisan support from more than three dozen members of Congress. A Senate resolution was also introduced today by Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Susan Collins (R-ME).
Please call your representative and senators and ask them to join as co-sponsors. Ask them to stand with President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and you in condemning the inhumane treatment of LGBT people and their allies. Call Congress at (202) 224-3121 and ask your elected officials to fight for human dignity, equality, and justice for all.