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posted Friday, September 9, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 36
U.S. State Department reaffirms opposition to 'Kill the Gays' bill
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U.S. State Department reaffirms opposition to 'Kill the Gays' bill

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Gay blogger Michael Petrelis revealed on September 5 that he had received a new statement from Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson reaffirming US government opposition to Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' bill.

The measure, first proposed in 2009, specifies life in prison for anyone participating in same-sex relations, and the death penalty for 'repeat offenders.'

While it was not passed in the 2009 or 2010 sessions of Uganda's parliament, it is reportedly scheduled for new hearings this month.

It was drafted and sponsored by Ugandan protégés of the secretive right-wing Christian group The Family, based in Washington, D.C.

In his letter to Petrelis, Carson makes clear that passage of the proposed legislation would be unacceptable to the U.S. government.

'We too are concerned about the passage of any legislation in Uganda (or anywhere else in Sub-Saharan Africa) that would criminalize or punish homosexual activities between consenting adults,' Carson wrote.

'We believe that Gay and Lesbian citizens should enjoy the same rights and individual freedoms as other citizens. The Department of State has spoken out clearly and repeatedly against this type of discriminatory legislation in Uganda, and we will continue to do so.

'In this regard, I have spoken to the most senior officials in the Ugandan government about this issue, and stand ready to add my voice as required in the future. Our ambassador and embassy in Kampala will continue to monitor any anti-Gay and Lesbian legislation and we will speak out forcefully to prevent its passage.'

President Obama has called the measure 'odious,' and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has repeatedly condemned it.

In his introduction to Carson's letter, Petrelis noted that he received a very quick reply from the State Department.

'On behalf of the Gays Without Borders activist group, I wish to acknowledge with much gratitude and pleasure that it took less than 24 hours to receive this substantive reply from Assistant Secretary Johnnie Carson, whose portfolio for the U.S. State Department is African Affairs.'

Petrelis added that the network of activists who mobilized to oppose the measure when it was first introduced would jump back into the fray if it is revived later this month.

'We at Gays Without Borders feel our activism that produced this U.S. State Department affirmation for Gay citizens of Uganda is one piece of a larger global network of non-governmental organizations, philanthropic foundations, LGBT and HIV/AIDS groups, grassroots activists, and diplomats working to advance respect for the human rights of Gay and HIV positive Ugandans,' Petrelis wrote.

'Like many others, we remain very worried about the September 7 parliamentary hearing and will be monitoring the situation closely, and we stand ready to again activate on Ugandan matters.'

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