Joe Biden is threatening to sanction the country of Uganda after the President issued a law that would ” impose the death penalty in cases of “aggravated homosexuality.”
The new Ugandan law also would send anyone who had gay sex into prison for life.
Biden in a response to the new law stated “This shameful Act is the latest development in an alarming trend of human rights abuses and corruption in Uganda. The dangers posed by this democratic backsliding are a threat to everyone residing in Uganda.”
The president of Uganda signed a punitive anti-gay bill on Monday that includes the death penalty, enshrining into law an intensifying crackdown against LGBTQ people in the East African nation. It is one of the world’s most restrictive anti-gay measures. https://t.co/tQ9X370Vom
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 29, 2023
BREAKING: Biden calls Uganda anti-gay law a ‘tragic violation’ of human rights, urges repealhttps://t.co/P0RTQoKsSX
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) May 29, 2023
Check out what The Hill reported:
President Biden called for the immediate repeal of Uganda’s new Anti-Homosexuality Act and warned of possible sanctions in a statement Monday, as his administration evaluates “the implications of this law on all aspects of U.S. engagement with Uganda.”
“This shameful Act is the latest development in an alarming trend of human rights abuses and corruption in Uganda. The dangers posed by this democratic backsliding are a threat to everyone residing in Uganda, including U.S. government personnel, the staff of our implementing partners, tourists, members of the business community, and others,” Biden wrote after lawmakers passed the law, which Uganda’s president subsequently signed into law.
The new anti-gay law would impose the death penalty in cases of “aggravated homosexuality” and would impose a life sentence for engaging in gay sex. The state defines “aggravated homosexuality” as homosexual acts carried out by those infected with H.I.V. or homosexual acts that involve children, disabled people, or those drugged against their will.
Here’s the Ugandan president comments on gay people:
— Nelson Epega (@nelsonepega) May 29, 2023
— Forbes (@Forbes) May 29, 2023
Ted Cruz is even sharing Biden’s talking points.
Take a look:
This Uganda law is horrific & wrong.
Any law criminalizing homosexuality or imposing the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” is grotesque & an abomination.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 29, 2023