April 03, 2024

Rep. Takano Blasts Ugandan Court’s Horrific Anti-LGBTQ Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following a ruling from Uganda’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday that largely upheld large parts of a sweeping anti-LGBTQ law, Congressman Mark Takano (CA-39) blasted the news:

“I am outraged by the ruling from Uganda’s Constitutional Court upholding a law that strips LGBTQ Ugandans of their dignity, liberty, and in some cases their lives. It is a disgrace and a deeply disturbing step backwards for human rights in the region. 

“This draconian law adds a whole new layer of systematic, state-sponsored discrimination on top of what LGBTQ Ugandans already face: social marginalization, police violence, evictions, job loss, harassment, assault, and even murder. 

“I applaud the Biden Administration and the international community’s commitment to sending a clear message through both rhetoric and policy that this law is fundamentally inhumane. I urge the Administration to keep the pressure on Uganda’s government to reverse this gross violation of human rights.”