John M. Becker

Obama Welcomes Ugandan President to White House

Filed By John M. Becker | August 06, 2014 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, disappointment, Jail the Gays Bill, Uganda, Uganda anti-gay law, Yoweri Museveni

obama-museveni-white-house.jpgAs an American LGBT activist, there are days when I'm bursting with pride in President Barack Obama (who is, after all, the most pro-LGBT president in American history), and there are days where he majorly disappoints.

File this one under major disappointments (via Pink News):

Barack Obama has met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, days after the country's anti-gay law was struck down... [Yesterday], the US President posed with Museveni for a photo in the White House, alongside First Lady Michelle Obama.

It followed a White House dinner related to strengthening ties with Africa, with heads of states from Ethiopia and Kenya also attending.

That's right: despite the State Department's recent promise to "prevent entry into the United States by certain Ugandan officials involved in serious human rights abuses, including against LGBT individuals," the man who literally signed one of the world's most barbaric anti-LGBT bills into law not only got a White House invite, but a custom photo op with the President and First Lady of the United States.

Appalling.

To make matters worse, Obama's photo op with Uganda's homophobe-in-chief comes as lawmakers in that country prepare to reintroduce an anti-homosexuality bill. The measure would replace the anti-gay law that was signed by Museveni in February but struck down in court on a technicality last week.

Reuters reports:

Uganda's parliament will try to re-introduce an anti-homosexuality law that was thrown out by a court, a lawmaker leading the effort said on Wednesday, a move that could once again damage relations with the West...

"We're mobilizing members to pledge their support for re-introduction of this bill when the House comes back from recess (in about two weeks' time)," Abdu Latif Ssebaggala, told Reuters.

Ssebaggala said he had started collecting signatures on Tuesday of members of parliament in favor of re-introducing the bill and that he expected to have over 200 - in a house of 383 members - by the end of Wednesday... Ssebaggala said that as the law had already been debated, it could be put directly to a vote.

Mr. Obama, what were you thinking?!?


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