US lawmakers condemn anti-gay Uganda legislation

AP News
Posted: Dec 22, 2009 11:36 AM

Five Republican House members are urging the president of Uganda to oppose a proposed law that would impose the death penalty for some gay Ugandans.

The lawmakers say they are all men of faith, and that the bill is antithetical to the Christian belief of "inherent dignity and worth" of all people. The congressmen used a Tuesday letter to urge President Yoweri Museveni to stop the bill from becoming law.

The bill would mandate a death sentence for active homosexuals living with HIV or in cases of same-sex rape. Anyone convicted of a homosexual act faces life imprisonment.

The letter was signed by Reps. Frank Wolf of Virginia, Chris Smith of New Jersey, Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania, Trent Franks of Arizona and Anh "Joseph" Cao of Louisiana.