Today, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and strong supporter of many LGBT legislative priorities, issued the following statement on the "Anti-Homosexuality" bill introduced in the Ugandan Parliament in October:
"I am deeply saddened and troubled that such blatantly ignorant and hate-filled legislation would see the light of day anywhere in today's world. It needs to be stopped in its tracks immediately.
Ugandan leaders must come to their senses and reject this impending massive blow to human rights and decency in their country.
As I stated in a letter to Secretary of State Clinton, it is deplorable that the Ugandan government would consider singling out any group of people -- in this case, gays -- for legalized condemnation and harassment.
Also troubling is the effect that such fear-mongering could have on the fight against HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
I have received assurances from the State Department that the Administration is equally concerned. I intend to ensure that the U.S. follows through with appropriate action if this measure takes effect."
The statement by Republican Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen adds to the diversity of voices condemning the recent legislative actions in Uganda.