Speaking Frankly

Barney Frank Pressures the U.S. Government to Deny Uganda Foreign Aid If “Kill the Gays” Bill Passes

I was pleased when the Financial Services Committee overwhelmingly, in a bipartisan way, voted in favor of my amendment urging the Secretary of the Treasury to oppose any financial assistance from multilateral development institutions to countries that persecute people on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or religious beliefs. In the discussion of the amendment I offered, I specifically mentioned the deeply troubling case of Uganda, which is now considering legislation to legally deprive people of these basic human rights.

If the bill before the Ugandan parliament becomes law, it must be the policy of the United States government to oppose any aid to Uganda from the World Bank, the African Development Bank, or any other international financial institution of which we are a member.

— Congressman Barney Frank, in today’s statement threatening to deny Uganda the $500 million it provides in foreign aid should the bill passes. Thanks, Barney, for stepping up the pressure; our British friends are doing the same.