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John Kerry To Challenge African Homophobia

John_Kerry_official_Secretary_of_State_portraitU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has spoken to homophobic Ugandan President Museveni about his Anti-Homosexuality Act, and Museveni has committed to a meeting with scientific experts in sexuality.

The Ugandan president had previously said:

“I… encourage the US government to help us by working with our scientists to study whether, indeed, there are people who are born homosexual.

When that is proved, we can review this legislation.”

The internationally controversial Anti-Homosexuality Act can impose a life sentence for same-sex relations or same sex-marriage, with seven years for “attempting to commit.”

Kerry said on Tuesday during a forum at the State Department, moderated by BuzzFeed:

“I talked personally to President Museveni just a few weeks ago, and he committed to meet with some of our experts so that we could engage him in a dialogue as to why what he did could not be based on any kind of science or fact, which is what he was alleging.

He welcomed that and said that he was happy to receive them and we can engage in that kind of conversation… maybe we can reach a point of reconsideration.”

President Obama reacted strongly against news of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, saying that it could “complicate” the USA’s relationship with Uganda, which receives a reported $400 million in aid each year.

He described it as: “more than an affront, and a danger to, Uganda’s gay community. It will be a step backwards for all Ugandans.”

Africa has some of the worst records for gay rights in the world, with imprisonment for ‘committing’ homosexuality common in many states, and the death penalty currently being proposed by politicians in many African countries. In some states of Nigeria, the death penalty (by stoning) is already law.


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  • Desert Boy

    John Kerry was so successful with his ultimatum to Vladamir Putin vis a vis Ukraine and Crimea. I expect he will be just as successful pushing back against African homophobia.

  • RomanHans

    @Desert Boy: Yeah, blame someone who’s trying to help, and stay quiet about politicians who are doing nothing. Sure glad to have you on our side!

  • a new member

    I agree. The man is trying to help. Give him credit.

  • Cam

    @Desert Boy:

    Yeah, just as successful as Russia was in stopping us from going into Iraq right?

    You do realize that the excuse Russia keeps using is that Bush and the U.S. ignored the U.N. and other nations when we want to do something. So you may want to point your blame where it really belongs.

  • Desert Boy

    @Cam: I promise not say “told ya’ so” when Putin and Co. roll into Poland. You may want to read up on Vlad’s goals and objectives while Obama in the WH.

  • Cam

    @Desert Boy:

    Oh I’m sorry, is that your way of trying to change the subject so you don’t have to deal with the truth of my post? Putin SPECIFICALLY referenced Bush’s actions. So nice try.

    Please explain to me what we gain by starting a war over Ukraine, a country we have almost zero dealings with. Oh but wait, that’s right, you GOPers are desperate to go in ANYWHERE, telling us to go into Lybia, then demanding we go after Iran, North Korea, send troops to Syria.

    The desperation you have to keep funneling taxpayer money to the defense lobby should be embarrassing to you, but I guess you have no real shame.

  • jonjct

    John Kerry is slime of the worst kind, a disgrace to america, to the military, to Massachusetts. he should shut up, go home and never be heard from again.

  • BJ McFrisky

    Of COURSE his priority right now is homosexuality in Africa, while Russia invades Ukraine and America’s standing in the world keeps rapidly declining due to our inferior leadership. What else would we expect of this amateurish administration and its half-witted representatives? Leadership? Responsibility? Ha.

    @Desert Boy: Agreed.
    @jonjct: Agreed. Not to mention that Kerry’s ugliness makes it downright painful to look at him.
    @Cam: FYI, it was your deity, Obama-Christ, who was threatening to unilaterally invade Syria, not the Republicans, and who also is sending drones out to bomb people with impunity in Afghanistan and Pakistan. So—nice try.

  • JennyFromdabloc

    @BJ McFrisky: @Desert Boy: @jonjct: Should we invade someone else to make you feel better? There must be some patch of dessert President Obama could carpet bomb to reinforce his leadership. And make sure it is unfunded predicated on false intelligence. That’s the ‘Murican way. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

  • mikeysexc

    I think its great the ugandan president is meeting with ecperts… its clear from his comments about ibama and michelle in regards to making the right choice bc she is a healty woman who can reproduce… big cultural difference mixed with biased advice has clearly made the man ignorant by default. He is however a good man as he will consider alternative view points.

    As for you other people stick to the fucking topic and email eachother

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