GOP Congressmen speak out against Ugandan 'Kill the Gays' Bill
Amidst reports from the US Department of State that Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni is committed to blocking a harsh anti-gay bill from becoming law in his country and would veto the legislation should it come to his desk, five GOP Republican representatives have written a letter to Ugandan President Museveni asking him to stop the pending legislation. What is striking about this appeal from 'the five' is that their letter invokes the anti-gay 'Manhattan Declaration'.
"Five Republican representatives – Chris Smith, Frank Wolf, Joe Pitts, Trent Franks and Anh 'Joseph' Cao – have written a letter to Ugandan President Yoweri Mouseveni pressing him to stop pending legislation that would severely criminalize homosexuality and sometimes impose the death penalty for homosexual acts. In the letter, which you can read in full here, the men say their religious faith requires them to oppose the legislation because it contradicts the 'foundational Christian belief in the inherent dignity and worth of all men and women.'"
The letter invokes the anti-gay Manhattan Declaration: "As Members of Congress and as men of faith, we support the principles set forth in the declaration and are thankful for the principled position of these faith leaders on a host of issues, from the sanctity of life for the unborn and others, to religious freedom, to human dignity, to the belief that marriage is an institution between one man and one woman."
More on the Manhattan Declaration from Towleroad, which hopes to influence current Congressional debates over health care reform, DOMA, and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, as well as abortion and stem cell research, here.
Previously on NowPublic by this Author:
BBC apologises, Ugandan Parliament debates anti-gay bill today (Dec. 18, 2009)
BBC Defends, Ditches Controversial Uganda Gay Execution Poll (Dec. 17, 2009)
White House condemns Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill (Dec. 13, '09)
Uganda to drop death penalty, life imprisonment for gays (Dec. 10, '09)
No visible ties, Christian leaders denounce Uganda anti-gay bill (Dec. 9, '09)
It's not so invisible anymore: 'The Family's' influence in Uganda (Nov. 28, '09)
Brown joins Harper against Uganda's Anti-homosexuality Bill 2009 (Nov. 28, '09)
Harper to raise issue of Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill at Summit (Nov. 26, '09)
US fundamentalist group at heart of Uganda's anti-gay law (November 26, '09)
Uganda anti-gay bill has potential to divide Commonwealth leaders (Nov. 25, '09)
Museveni claims European gays are 'recruiting' Ugandan citizens (Nov. 23, '09)
Jefferson Awards winner recognizes genocide looming in Uganda (Oct. 21, '09)
Uganda's Daily Monitor raises its voice on behalf of defenseless (Oct. 20, '09)
Did Exodus conference in Uganda unleash anti-gay vigilantism? (Oct. 19, '09)
Human rights groups blast Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 (Oct. 18, '09)
Exodus International Holding Bryce Faulkner Hostage? (July 16, '09)
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