White House Condemns Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Jim Burroway

December 12th, 2009

Kerry Eleveld at The Advocate reports that the White House has issued a statement condemning Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill:

“The President strongly opposes efforts, such as the draft law pending in Uganda, that would criminalize homosexuality and move against the tide of history,” read the statement that came late Friday in response to an inquiry from The Advocate.

Click here to see BTB\’s complete coverage of the past year’s anti-gay developments in Uganda.

Rebecca

December 12th, 2009

Finally.

David C.

December 12th, 2009

White House: Oh, look, everybody’s doing it, condemning the Ugandan “kill gays” bill. I think it is safe for us to say something now.

White House Press Secretary: I’ll alert the media.

Priya Lynn

December 12th, 2009

I think you got it exactly right David. This was really a shameful delay.

Donnchadh

December 12th, 2009

It’s even worse than that. “History will condemn it, so it’s safe for our legacy to condemn it.” They actually say so.

Candace

December 12th, 2009

Speaking of anti-homosexual, here’s an early Christmas present for everyone, from the Miami Herald:

Reggae artist faces drug charges in Miami

Controversial Jamaican reggae star in facing federal drug charges

By JACQUELINE CHARLES AND JAY WEAVER
jcharles@MiamiHerald.com

Buju Banton, the Jamaican reggae star whose anti-gay lyrics have drawn international criticism, is in a federal lockup in Miami, facing drug conspiracy charges.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents say Banton, real name Mark Anthony Myrie, has been in custody since Thursday and will soon be transferred to Tampa, where the U.S. Attorney is charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilos of cocaine.

Banton has homes both in Jamaica and Tamarac.

While legions of dancehall reggae enthusiasts view Banton as one of the most prolific voices of Jamaica’s poor masses, critics say he’s a gay basher whose lyrics incite violence by calling for attacking and torturing homosexuals. His song Boom Bye Bye, a dance-hall hit released in the 1990s, advocates shooting gays in the head and setting them on fire.

As late as September, Banton’s local management told The Miami Herald that the criticism of the star was unwarranted because he had stopped singing the song years ago. The song remains a hit among reggae DJs.

Still, such lyrics have made Banton one of the more controversial reggae artists, with angry gay activists this fall forcing the cancellation of a string of concerts by the artists during a U.S. tour that included a Halloween night concert in Miami.

Recently the firestorm ratched up after the Grammys announced that Baton’s album Rasta Got Soul, released earlier this year, was up for an award.

Gay Men of African Descent and the National Black Justice Coalition joined with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in a petition drive protesting the nomination.

macsurf

December 13th, 2009

When did the “White House” announce this condemnation and, my question is, “Why didn’t Obama himself issue the condemnation as the prime ministers of both Canada and Great Britain have done.

Is it because he’s embarrassed he got so buddy/buddy with Rick Warren who, along with numerous other American evangelical groups, and with the politico born again gang of frat boys on “C Street” in Washington, have been revealed to be, if not actively involved in the drafting, ceratinly complicit in encouraging Ugandan leaders to move forward with it?

I voted for and donated money to Obama, but it may welll be a cold day in Hell before I ever do either again.

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