Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Immigration: both marriage and political asylum are big issues

The organization “Immigration Equality” addressed LGBT immigration issues, particularly for the purposes of seeking political asylum for countries with anit-gay atmosphere, in culture or in laws or both. The link is here. There is a section on the U.S.'s recently lifting an HIV immigration ban.

One of the worst countries in practice is Jamaica (curiously presented as a romantic spot in James Bond movies), where gay-bashings are common.

Another such country is Uganda, where “evangelical” pastors have been stoking the fires of hate, presenting gay culture as an enemy to be feared in Africa, claiming that it is an “evil institution” aiming “to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity.” As a result, the Uganda parliament considers a bill to impose the death penalty by hanging for “homosexual behavior”, a kind of “Ugandan lynching”. Jeffrey Gettleman has a story on all this in the Jan. 3 New York Times, “Americans’ Role Seen in Uganda Anti-Gay Push”, link here.

Update: Jan. 7

The Washington Post has an editorial "Uganda's Barbaric Proposal: Uganda's bill to imprison gays for life is an outrage that should be rejected". The bill even requires neighbors to "name names." The editorial rehearses the collectivist "rationalization" for the bill, in protecting the privileges and power of marital sexual intercourse. The link is here.

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