Governments around the world take actions against the LGBT Community
Anti-Human Rights Actions in Uganda, Nigeria, India
This past Friday, the Parliament of Uganda passed legislation that further criminalizes the lives of LGBT people there. The move came as a surprise to human rights organizations, but reflects a multi-year effort to enlist the Ugandan national government in efforts to target Uganda's growing LGBT rights movement. The Nigerian legislature took action last week to finalize a bill that would outlaw marriage for same-sex couples (including officiating at same-sex weddings), and criminalize actions the government would falsely characterize as the "promotion of homosexuality." The actions of these countries followed a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of India that decriminalized homosexuality. The Indian Supreme Court overturned a 2009 ruling that removed from the penal code same-sex sexual activity. These developments must be seen as part of a larger, systemic assault on human rights violations around the world. As people of diverse faiths and religions observe a season in which we focus on hope, peace, love, and joy, we are called to stand with those who are vulnerable to this hate and to condemn governments that would propagate negative attitudes and sanction acts of violence against them.