California Senate condemns Ugandan bill and U.S. religious groups

Published: September 7, 2010

The California Senate passed a resolution Aug. 30 condemning the pending bill in Uganda that would jail gays and lesbians for life and punish some with the death penalty. The vote was 21 – 14.

Introduced by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and sponsored by Equality California, the resolution also "calls upon the United States Department of State to increase efforts to encourage the decriminalization of homosexuality in every country" and "encourages a more careful review of all United States funding and resources given to faith-based organizations in foreign countries" to ensure that U.S. money does not go to groups that disrespect human rights.

The resolution says that "some United States-based religious leaders have been fomenting fear and discrimination against the…LGBT community in Uganda" and that "the links between some United States-based religious groups and the antigay bill…have been well-documented."

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