SENATE RESOLUTION 409--CALLING ON MEMBERS OF THE PARLIAMENT IN UGANDA TO REJECT THE PROPOSED ``ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL'', AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES; Congressional Record Vol. 156, No. 17
(Senate - February 04, 2010)

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 SENATE RESOLUTION 409--CALLING ON MEMBERS OF THE PARLIAMENT IN UGANDA 
   TO REJECT THE PROPOSED ``ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL'', AND FOR OTHER 
                                PURPOSES

  Mr. FEINGOLD (for himself, Mr. Coburn, Mr. Cardin, and Ms. Collins) 
submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee 
on Foreign Relations:

                              S. Res. 409

       Whereas a bill introduced on October 14, 2009, by a member 
     of Parliament in Uganda would expand penalties for 
     homosexuality to include the death penalty and requires 
     citizens to report information about homosexuality to the 
     police or face imprisonment;
       Whereas many countries criminalize homosexuality, and in 
     some countries, such as Iran, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and 
     Sudan, the penalty for homosexuality includes the death 
     penalty;
       Whereas the United States, in seeking to promote the core 
     American principles of equality and ``Life, Liberty, and the 
     pursuit of Happiness,'' has long championed the universality 
     of human rights;
       Whereas religious leaders in the United States, along with 
     representatives from the Vatican and the Anglican Church, 
     have stated that laws criminalizing homosexuality are unjust; 
     and
       Whereas the people and Government of the United States 
     recognize that such laws undermine our commitment to 
     combating HIV/AIDS globally through the President's Emergency 
     Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) by stigmatizing and 
     criminalizing vulnerable communities: Now, therefore, be it
       Resolved, That the Senate--
       (1) calls on members of the Parliament in Uganda to reject 
     the ``Anti-Homosexuality Bill'' recently proposed in that 
     country;
       (2) urges the governments of all countries to reject and 
     repeal similar criminalization laws; and
       (3) encourages the Secretary of State to closely monitor 
     human rights abuses that occur because of sexual orientation 
     and to encourage the repeal or reform of laws such as the 
     proposed ``Anti-Homosexuality Bill'' in Uganda that permit 
     such abuses.

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