Well here's a statement from the conservative gay group GOProud I can get behind. Something’s terribly wrong if elected Republicans can call out the obvious wrong – a nation considering legislation that includes the death penalty for being gay. Aside from Hillary Clinton’s statement as Secretary of State, our fierce advocate himself has been silent on Uganda.

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December 10, 2009


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GOProud Urges President Obama to Publicly Take a Stand against Proposed Uganda Law

Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director – “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.”

(Washington, D.C.) – While the President is in Norway accepting a Nobel Peace Prize, Ugandan political leaders are considering a bill that criminalizes gays and lesbians.  “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,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director of GOProud – the only national organization for gay conservatives and their allies. 

“President Obama’s lack of leadership on international human rights issues is appalling,” continued LaSalvia.  “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.”

Ugandan political leaders have been debating legislation that would impose criminal penalties on gays and lesbians living in Uganda.  Certain proposed versions of the bill have even called for the death penalty or life imprisonment for being gay.

While President Obama has been silent, leading Republicans have spoken out forcefully against the proposed Ugandan legislation.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said, “I am 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.”

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), one of the leading conservatives in the Senate, said, “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.”

“It is time for this administration to stand up for human rights across the globe.  Not another day should pass without President Obama making it clear that he unconditionally opposes this Ugandan law,” concluded LaSalvia.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding