Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Obama Criticizes Uganda President's Signing of Anti-Gay Law

As he said he would, yesterday Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a harsh Anti-Homosexuality bill. CNN reports that at the public signing of the bill, Museveni said he would not allow the West to impose its values on Uganda.  In response, the White House issued a statement (full text) reading in part:
Instead 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....