"White House issues statement ‘strongly’ condemning Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill."
The President strongly opposes efforts, such as the draft law pending in Uganda, that would criminalize homosexuality and move against the tide of history.
As the Advocate’s Kerry Eleveld notes, this statement is the strongest yet issued by the Obama administration. On the eve of World AIDS Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “We have to stand against any efforts to marginalize and criminalize and penalize members of the LGBT community worldwide,” but didn’t directly name the Ugandan measure. Later in the week, the State Department issued “guidance” condemning the bill, and it had reportedly been raising the issue privately with Ugandan officials. As far back as October, a State Department spokesman had also said that the bill was “a significant step backwards for human rights in Uganda.”