CONGRESSWOMAN MALONEY THANKS PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST ‘ODIOUS’ ANTI-GAY LAW IN UGANDA

Feb 4, 2010
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan & Queens) issued the following statement today thanking President Barack Obama for speaking out against the “Anti-Homosexuality Law” proposed in the parliament of Uganda. The notorious and draconian legislation would apply criminal sanctions – including the death penalty – for the offense such “aggravated homosexuality” or LGBT advocacy. “I salute President Obama for making today’s forthright, unambiguous denunciation of the incredibly malicious and narrow-minded anti-LGBT law proposed in the Ugandan parliament,” said Congresswoman Maloney, who was one of just three House Members to testify against anti-gay measures like Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act before the hearing of the Congressional Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission two weeks ago (please see https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-luce/us-congresmember-carolyn_b_443156.html). “The President issued a moral clarion call today to all people of good faith to make it clear that there is no place for hate-filled bigotry against any persons on account of their sexual orientation,” said Congresswoman Maloney.

This morning, at the annual Congressional Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., President Obama said of the legislation proposed in Uganda: “We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are, whether it is here in the United States or, as Hillary mentioned, more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda." U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Law in a speech delivered at an event on November 30th, 2009 commemorating World AIDS Day.