Uncle Sam isn’t liking Uganda’s new harsh anti-gay law — which criminalizes “aggravated homosexuality” — and we might just do something about it as a nation to condemn it.
President Biden’s Sec. of State, Anthony Blinken, spoke out against the African nation’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, which just got signed into law, and he says the U.S. will now consider visa restrictions against Ugandan officials and others for what he calls a human rights abuse.
Blinken says he’s instructed the State Dept. to update travel guidance as well for Americans who might want to travel to Uganda for business or pleasure — so, perhaps restricting travel.
As for POTUS … he’s also slamming the law, and says he might even impose sanctions against Uganda over this — adding he would review the ramifications of the law “on all aspects of U.S. engagement with Uganda.”
As for what is actually illegal now … well, it’s murky. Uganda says one can still identify as gay or as part of the LGBT community — but that any promotion of homosexuality or any overt public acts of homosexuality, as it’s vaguely described, is punishable by prison.
If you’re thinking our politicians here would be divided on this, you’d be wrong — at least as it pertains to Sen. Ted Cruz, anyway … who publicly called out Uganda for overstepping.
He wrote, “This Uganda law is horrific & wrong. Any law criminalizing homosexuality or imposing the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” is grotesque & an abomination. ALL civilized nations should join together in condemning this human rights abuse.”
The reactions are mixed — some are calling him a hypocrite, GOPers are calling him a traitor.
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