Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on legislation criminalizing homosexuality signed into law by the President of Uganda today:
“The legislation signed into law by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni today represents breathtaking ignorance, injustice, and cruelty. The United States has the utmost respect for the democratic process in Uganda, but this legislation is a violation of the human rights of Ugandan men and women. No person should be forced to live in dread of discovery simply because of who they are and who they love – an atmosphere of violent persecution now officially embraced by Uganda’s laws. The backwardness of the new law is damaging Uganda’s international reputation and could jeopardize progress in fighting HIV/AIDS, attracting foreign investment and promoting tourism.
“As America makes greater progress towards ending discrimination against the LGBT community, intolerance is being fanned in too many parts of the world. Our nation must continue to stand against assaults on the basic human rights of LGBT persons in Uganda and everywhere else governments legalize hate over love.
“It is my hope that the Ugandan government will change course and reverse this action and support the human rights and dignity of all the Ugandan people.”