Skip to comments.Whatever Happened to Obama's Global Gay Rights Agenda?
Posted on 06/26/2013 10:06:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
On the heels of Wednesday's gay marriage rulings at the Supreme Court, a farcical piece of political theater played out on MSNBC.
As the plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case were making an appearance on the cable network, Chad Griffin, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, wandered into the frame with a phone to his ear and announced that he had Barack Obama on the line, calling from Air Force One. The president offered garbled congratulations through an iPhone speaker phone to the plaintiffs -- Kristin Perry, Sandy Stier, Paul Katami, and Jeff Zarillo -- and MSNBC's national audience.
You can watch the exchange here:
As it happens, Obama made that call while he was en route to Senegal, where homosexuality is punishable with jail time. It's a country that illustrates the enormous challenges still facing the global gay rights movement.
Senegalese law criminalizes homosexuality, and authorities there have aggressively pursued homosexuals. Officials have, for example, used the possession of materials for treating HIV/AIDS as a basis for trying and persecuting homosexuals, and in 2009 nine men were brought to trial on charges of "improper or unnatural acts with a person of the same sex." After undergoing torture, Amnesty International reports, the men confessed to being gay and were convicted. The court also concluded that the AIDS advocacy organization that they belonged to was a "cover to recruit or organize meetings for homosexuals, under the pretext of providing HIV/AIDS prevention programmes." (The men were released following an international outcry.)
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Muslim countries not so sure other countries very sure something is going on but I will keep my mouth shut.
You see news stories about activities in European countries involving US Embassy support for gay rights beyond that I have no comment........
I feel so sorry for my grand chidren. We are leaving them a really screwed up Nation..........