On Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) refused to condemn the Anti-Homosexuality Bill being considered by the Ugandan parliament, saying that he was too busy to comment on it, and despite weeks of international and national news attention (and pressure from the group One Iowa), he didn’t know anything about it. His silence quickly criticized, especially since other busy lawmakers have spoken out forcefully about it. But on Friday, Grassley finally came out with a statement, calling the Ugandan bill “un-Christian and unjust”:
Grassley said his “commitment to traditional values” and “respect for life” holds true both in the United States and around the world. So with that in mind, after he learned more about the proposed legislation through the U.S. State Department, he was able to conclude that it is wrong and should be rejected.
“Based on what I’ve been able to learn about the legislation and from the stand point that I’m a born again Christian, I can tell you that I don’t agree with this un-Christian and unjust proposal, and I hope the Ugandan officials dismiss it,” he said.