Friday, 28 June 2013

Senegal Confirms Homophobia

US president Obama called upon Senegal to treat gays equally before the law while his host, president Macky Sall, insisted that gay sex will stay illegal
US President Barack Obama and
Senegalese President Macky Sall

We've been a bit unsure about Obama's commitment to LGBTI rights in Africa since breakfasting with The Family and an interminably long silence on the matter, referring to Uganda's bill in terms no stronger than 'odious'.

However, his recent trip to Senegal seems to have nailed his colours to the mast.

Obama clashes with Senegal's president over gay rights

US President Barack Obama called for Senegal to decrimilize gay sex, stating that LGBT people should be treated equally before the law...

Senegalese President Macky Sall rebuffed Obama's call for his and other African countries to stop punishing people for being gay and legislate equal rights for all.

Sall answered: 'We are not ready to decriminalize homosexuality. But this does not mean we are homophobic.

Actually, Sall, yes. That's exactly what it means.

That's like saying 'We practice apartheid, but that does not mean we are racist.'

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