Eastman Supports Ugandan Law the Imprisons Gay People

John Eastman, a law professor and chairman of the board of the National Organization for Marriage, proves once again that the opposition to same-sex marriage isn’t really about marriage, it’s about justifying barbaric, authoritarian anti-gay laws of all types.

In a speech to the Family Research Council yesterday, National Organization for Marriage chairman John Eastman said that he hoped Uganda’s supreme court would “in short order” reconsider a harsh anti-gay bill that it threw out on a technicality last year. The law would impose life imprisonment in some cases and would criminalize the “promotion” of homosexuality.

Eastman quoted Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s insistence that the new law was “provoked by western groups who come to our schools and try to recruit children into homosexuality.” Noting that US aid restrictions prevent assistance from going to governments that commit human rights violations, including the failure to take “appropriate and adequate measures” to “protect children from exploitation,” Eastman implied that the real “exploitation” was coming from gay rights advocates recruiting children.

He also suggested that US opposition to laws criminalizing homosexuality hinders efforts to fight HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. (In fact, experts say that the criminalization of homosexuality hurts the effort to fight the epidemic.)

Eastman doesn’t just want to “protect traditional marriage,” as their rhetoric continually claims, he wants gay people thrown in prison. He wants Christian fascism.

"Yep. Principally raking in a nice fat paycheck for hauling the party line."

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  • alanb

    In fact, experts say that the criminalization of homosexuality hurts the effort to fight the epidemic.

    Are these the same so-called “experts” that were so wrong about the best way to fight Ebola, which has killed millions of Americans?

  • John Pieret

    He complains about John Kerry saying that we’d “uphold our anti-discrimination policies and principles and reflect our values” and calls that “the very definition of cultural imperialism.”

    Gee, I guess that means we have to give North Korea unlimited aid because our principles and values of democracy and protection of human rights are just cultural imperialism.

  • Anna Elizabeth

    And religious people still say that LGBTs are hurting children, right after another celebrity family is proven to be either child molesters or cover-up artists and bag-men for the same.

    The evil of religion is boundless.

    (cue some asshole to tell me “not all xtains” in 3…2..1..)

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Sooner or later some American evangelist will run afoul of the Ugandan law. Just watch as the fundies work themselves into a frenzy about backwards Africans, and call on the US government to use any means, including military action, to get that person released.

  • carpenterman

    Hey, dumbass, the AIDS epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa is more widespread among STRAIGHT people, not gays, because that’s the segment of the population it (mostly) spread through first. You want to help the kids, forget gay people and try to focus on all those parents who are dying.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    You’d be for throwing gays in jail too if you knew that homos are recruiting children by using American aid money to give them AIDS.

  • dmcclean

    timgueguen, I’d agree with you, but I suspect they have too much money for that to happen. That person, whoever he is, will probably get a ride to the airport in the middle of the night and it will never be spoken of again.