In response to the debate in Uganda over legislation that would impose criminal penalties on gays and lesbians living in the African nation, Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director of GOProud, has called on the President to speak out:
If the President wants to start earning the Nobel Peace Prize he is accepting, he can start by speaking out against this outrageous Ugandan law. . . . President Obama’s lack of leadership on international human rights issues is appalling. . . From his refusal to confront the radically anti-gay regime in Iran to his refusal to speak out against this proposed Ugandan law – this President’s silence speaks volumes about his priorities.
While the president has been silent about a bill which, in some versions, has even called for the death penalty or life imprisonment for being gay, two Republican leaders have spoken out. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said she was “deeply saddened and troubled that such blatantly ignorant and hate-filled legislation would see the light of day anywhere in today’s world. It needs to be stopped in its tracks immediately.”
Even Tom Coburn, one of the Senate’s most conservative members has also weighed in:
Over the past two decades, political, religious, and community leaders in Uganda have united to promote a rare, winning strategy against HIV that addresses the unique and common risks of every segment of society. Sadly, some who oppose Uganda’s common sense ABC strategy are using an absurd proposal to execute gays to undermine this coalition and winning strategy. Officials in Uganda should come to their senses and take whatever steps are necessary to withdraw this proposal that will do nothing but harm a winning strategy that is saving lives.
Liberal blogger/activist Michael Petrelis asks that his readers “give the man his due on this matter“. I agree.