Take Action to Stop Uganda “Kill the Gays” Bill

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Synopsis

The Ugandan Parliament has reintroduced its notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill, and we need your help to pressure our government to take action in two ways: ask President Obama to denounce the bill publicly, and demand the review of funding to U.S. faith-based initiatives to ensure that they are not playing a role in promoting the persecution of LGBTI communities.

Call the White House comment line today at
202-456-1111 or TTY/TTD 202-456-6213

Here is a sample script for a call:

I am concerned about the Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently before the Ugandan Parliament and would like to urge President Obama to publicly denounce the bill. Also, I am aware that U.S. evangelicals have played a major role in efforts to further criminalize the LGBTI community in Uganda and elsewhere. The U.S. government must review its faith-based funding to ensure that U.S. churches and organizations receiving federal funding are not playing a role in promoting the persecution of LGBTI communities.

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Background

Earlier versions of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill have provided for the death penalty for sex between consenting adults, the criminalization of LGBTI rights advocacy, and extended prison sentences for anyone – including family members, doctors and clergy – who does not turn a suspected member of the LGBTI community over to the authorities. The consistent reintroduction of this bill may be part of a broader effort to divert attention away from an oil bill currently before Parliament which would cede control of Uganda’s oil to private interests. Some social justice advocates in Uganda have lamented that the LGBTI community is victim to a full-frontal attack simply to divert the Ugandan public's attention away from the foreign appropriation of their valuable natural resources.

U.S. evangelicals have played a major role in the effort to further criminalize the LGBTI community in Uganda. Last March, the Center for Constitutional Rights and our client Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. evangelical Scott Lively for persecution. Our complaint detailed Lively’s involvement in anti-gay efforts in Uganda, including his consultations regarding the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, and showed how his actions are aimed at stripping fundamental rights from LGBTI people, in violation of international law. Other U.S. churches and organizations have also been involved in spreading the hate.

It is time to review the federal government’s funding of U.S. faith-based initiatives to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not being used to promote the persecution of LGBTI communities abroad. Please call on President Obama to denounce the bill, and demand a review of funding to faith-based organizations in the U.S. to ensure that they do not engage in persecution. Together, let’s stop this outsourcing of hate.

Thank you for taking this important action today.
 

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