Post submitted by Remington A. Gregg, former HRC Legislative Counsel
Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin state senator running for Congress, has taken to task the State Department for its strong stance against the recent passage of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality law. The law imposes a lifetime sentence on Ugandans convicted of “aggravated homosexuality.” Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed the draconian bill into law after he concluded that a report by Ugandan scientists supported his belief that people are not born gay. In response, Secretary John Kerry committed to sending State Department experts to meet with Museveni in order to provide him additional evidence that LGBT people are, in fact, born that way.
This week, Grothman told the Voice of Christian Youth America: "I mean, what must God think of our country if now … rather than sending people to Uganda to explain better agricultural techniques, sending missionaries to Africa, educating people on Christianity, we send scientists to Africa to say how wonderful the homosexual lifestyle is?.. It is just unbelievable what has become of our country."
Wisconsin is known for fair-minded elected officials from both parties such as Senator Tammy Baldwin, former Senator Russ Feingold, and former Republican Governor Lee Sherman Dreyfus, who signed the nation’s first sexual orientation non-discrimination law in 1982. It would be a shame indeed if the voters of Wisconsin sent a person with such narrow-minded views to represent them, especially as the world continues to witness a surge of anti-LGBT legislations rippling across several continents.