Sign in to comment!

Menu
Home

Religion

US to combat anti-gay laws in Uganda, 79 other nations; Kerry urges veto of Arizona proposal

Troubled by an anti-gay movement in Uganda and across much of the world, the U.S. is launching a new effort to combat what Secretary of State John Kerry described Wednesday as a threat to human rights.

Comparing a harsh Uganda law to oppressive government crackdowns on German Jews in the 1930s and black South Africans during apartheid, Kerry said he was going to direct American ambassadors to look at "how we deal with this human rights challenge on a global basis." He said 80 nations worldwide have anti-gay laws on some levels, and he called the one in Uganda — which punishes gay sex with up to life in prison — "atrocious" and "flat out morally wrong."

"You could change the focus of this legislation to black or Jewish, and you could be in 1930s Germany, or you could be in 1950s or '60s apartheid South Africa," Kerry told reporters during a 55-minute question-and-answer session at the State Department. "It was wrong there, egregiously, in both places, and it is wrong here."

He said the issue would be a major focus of discussion when U.S. ambassadors from across the world return to Washington for meetings in the weeks ahead.

During the discussion, Kerry did not mention a proposed Arizona law that, if approved by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, would allow businesses whose owners cite sincerely held religious beliefs to deny service to gays. Brewer has until Saturday to sign or veto it. She said in a tweet this week that she "will do the right thing for the state of Arizona."

Earlier Wednesday, during a separate interview with MSNBC, Kerry said he was "counting on the governor" to veto the Arizona bill and predicted the Supreme Court will strike it down if it becomes law.

"This has not been an easy path in the United States, but what's important is we're on the path," Kerry said on "Andrea Mitchell Reports."

"We're staying steady," he said. "We've made enormous progress in the United States, and we will stand up for people's rights anywhere in the world because that's who we are in the United States of America."

___

Follow Lara Jakes on Twitter at https://twitter.com/larajakesAP

Bank Rates

Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
30 Y Fixed Graph 3.88% dw 3.90%  
15 Y Fixed Graph 3.04% dw 3.06%  
30 Y Fixed Jumbo Graph 4.10% dw 4.27%  
5/1 ARM Graph 3.01% dw 3.05%  
5/1 Jumbo ARM Graph 3.61% up 3.42%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
$30K HELOC Graph 4.48% up 4.47%  
$50K HELOC Graph 4.05% dw 4.06%  
$30K Loan Graph 5.06% dw 5.07%  
$50K Loan Graph 4.55% up 4.54%  
$75K Loan Graph 4.55% up 4.54%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
36 M New Graph 2.89% up 2.69%  
36 M Used Graph 3.28% up 3.16%  
48 M New Graph 3.05% up 2.85%  
48 M Used Graph 2.95% up 2.86%  
60 M New Graph 3.13% up 3.05%  
Loan Type Graph Yield +/- Last Week
6 month Graph 0.37% -- 0.37%  
1 yr Graph 0.62% -- 0.62%  
5 yr Graph 1.43% -- 1.43%