2010 Mar 13

written by Sherri Joubert

This article is part 11 in a multi-part series about the Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill of 2009, better known as the Ugandan kill-the-gays bill. The first 10 articles can be accessed at the following links:

Short update video (3 min.).

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Rachel Maddow reports the following in this video:

Last week, the State Department‘s top diplomat in Africa told reporters he had been in touch with Uganda‘s president to express the U.S. government‘s opposition to the bill.

According to new reporting in “D.C. Agenda”…Uganda‘s president has told the U.S. State Department that he‘s going to veto the bill.

After “D.C. Agenda” first reported this, we confirmed it today [Dec. 22, 2009] with the State Department. State says the Ugandan president has committed to the top U.S. diplomat for Africa, both in person and in a follow-up phone conversation that he, the Ugandan president, will stop the bill.

Meanwhile, according to “D.C. Agenda,” the next U.S. step is to try to get the Ugandan president to make that commitment in public, to get him to speak out against the bill in public, rather than just giving assurances in private.

Take a lesson here about being persistent. By continuing to report on this story for weeks, Rachel Maddow has put this issue front and center in the media. I believe she has played a large role in turning this issue around and preventing this legislation from becoming law in Uganda, though it isn’t over yet.

This is an important issue not because it’s a gay rights issue, it’s important because it’s a human rights tragedy that came about because of interference in Uganda by U.S. evangelicals and the cure-the-gays quacktivist industry.

Sunlight really can be the best disinfectant.

Part 12 is available at this link.

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