Apparently The U.S. Government Does Oppose Uganda’s Kill the Gays Bill

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.

– Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson (pictured above) responding to activist Clinton Fein’s letter. Fein askied Carson to implore the Ugandan head of government to permanently shelve the “Kill the Gays” bill. The last time we heard the State Department denounce the bill was in 2009.

Rumor is the bill may already be slowly weakening. Of course, even if the Ugandan president vetoes the bill the parliament could still override his veto.

Image via U.S. Department of State