Thursday, January 27, 2011

Obama's Statement on David Kato Killed for Being Gay in Uganda

David Kato, a gay rights activist, was killed in Uganda for being gay. Apparently, the Ugandan government is considering executing gay people. Sadly, U.S. evangelical Christians groups in Uganda have made the situation worse for gay people. But not all evangelicals. Evangelical pastor Rick Warren has spoken out against the abhorrent and un-Christ-like treatment of gay people there. Obama:
I am deeply saddened to learn of the murder of David Kato. In Uganda, David showed tremendous courage in speaking out against hate. He was a powerful advocate for fairness and freedom. The United States mourns his murder, and we recommit ourselves to David’s work.

At home and around the world, LGBT persons continue to be subjected to unconscionable bullying, discrimination, and hate. In the weeks preceding David Kato’s murder in Uganda, five members of the LGBT community in Honduras were also murdered. It is essential that the Governments of Uganda and Honduras investigate these killings and hold the perpetrators accountable.

LGBT rights are not special rights; they are human rights. My Administration will continue to strongly support human rights and assistance work on behalf of LGBT persons abroad. We do this because we recognize the threat faced by leaders like David Kato, and we share their commitment to advancing freedom, fairness, and equality for all.