Well, if you ever doubted that LGBTs have a friend in John Kerry, get a load of what he has to say about antigay laws in other countries:
“You could change the focus of this legislation to black or Jewish, and you could be in 1930s Germany, or you could be in 1950s or ’60s apartheid South Africa … It was wrong there, egregiously, in both places, and it is wrong here.”
Okay! He is referring, of course, to the particularly terrible things happening right now in Uganda and Nigeria, but oppression is just a fact of life in countries like Saudi Arabia and Russia and Poland. Kerry also had some harsh words for turn-away-the-gays laws like the one just vetoed in Arizona.
Technically, Kerry is violating Godwin’s Law by pointing at Hitler to win an argument, but we’re going to give him a pass here because people are actually dying for heaven’s sake.
So, what’s the U.S. going to to about it? That’s kind of unclear. America is a major source of international aid, so the country could cut off the flow of money to oppressive regimes. U.S. Ambassadors will be returning to Washington for discussions in a few weeks, and this is sure to be a topic of interest. Our current Ambassador to Uganda is Scott DeLisi. You can drop him a line on Facebook right here.
These “all hands on deck” ambassador conferences are a relatively new phenomenon, so it remains to be seen how Kerry will use the opportunity to address human rights abuses abroad. But in any case, it’s good to know that the issue is on his radar. We did Nazi that coming! Hahaha, oppressive regimes.