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President Obama is among international leaders who have condemned a bill proposed in Uganda which would make some homosexual acts a crime punishable by death. The Ugandan parliament has recently re-opened the debate on the bill, which had been abandoned after an international outcry.
In the memo, Obama said: “I am deeply concerned by the violence and discrimination targeting LGBT persons around the world, whether it is passing laws that criminalise LGBT status, beating citizens simply for joining peaceful LGBT pride celebrations, or killing men, women and children for their perceived sexual orientation.”
Obama’s proposal was condemned by Texas governor and Republican presidential contender Rick Perry, who said President Obama was “at war with people of faith in this country”. Perry claimed promoting gay rights around the world was “not in America’s interests”.
Perry said in a statement: “This administration’s war on traditional American values must stop.