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Reaction to Uganda, Arizona

Reaction to Uganda, Arizona

Reaction continues to pour in to the anti-LGTBQ law passed this morning in Uganda.  

Secretary of State John Kerry has denounced the law on record, calling today a sad day for Uganda, and saying “Ultimately, the only answer is the repeal of this law.”

The European Union has also denounced it, with several countries suggesting that the passage of this law will affect future aid packages.


The Rev. Kelvin Holdsworth, from Scotland, has suggested that European officials refuse to shake hands with Ugandan politicians when they visit in the future,  arguing that this guesture will be an effective and resonant protest.  

Read his whole piece here.

Meanwhile, back in the States, we have Arizona causing similar consternation.

 The so-called ‘religious discrimination’ bill sits on Governor Jan Brewer’s desk, and, if signed, would allow any business or person to refuse service to someone based on “sincerely held religious belief.” 

Diana Butler-Bass, a native Arizonan, has written an open letter in the Huffington Post, urging the governor to veto the measure.  It’s here.  

Large protests against the measure continue throughout the state, and now both sitting US Senators (John McCain and Jeff Flake) have gone on record opposing the bill.  

Today, three Republican state senators, who voted for the bill originally, sent Brewer a letter announcing that they now wanted her to veto it, because of the overwhelming amount of bad press it was bringing the state. 

She has until Friday to make up her mind. 

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Michael Russell

At the 2006 GC we passed legislation opposing the criminalization of homosexuality. It would help yet again for the PB and PHOD to remind the +++ABC of this legislation and call on the CofE to respond as well. We need to speak out loudly on all such bills. Time to ask the NFL to move the the 2015 Superbowl out of AZ.

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