Obama Bans LGBT Human Rights Violators From Entering U.S.
You might remember David Bahati from such atrocities as the authoring of the Ugandan Kill the Gays Bill, or threatening to prosecute Ugandan lesbian Brenda Namigadde (Re: Killing the gays) unless she repented her homosexuality.
Rachel Maddow shared our outrage and concern when Bahati was invited into America last year to speak at a conservative event before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton helped to send his ass back back to Uganda. Like many, we wondered how the hell a homophobic foreign politician with very public plans to literally kill the LGBT citizens under his jurisdiction could have made it into American in the first place.
Well, that won’t be happening ever again. President Obama last week signed a proclamation barring entry to the United States for all violators of LGBT human rights. And he’ll be using America’s ruler to measure, rather than say, Uganda’s.
The United States enduring commitment to respect for human rights and humanitarian law requires that its Government be able to ensure that the United States does not become a safe haven for serious violators of human rights and humanitarian law and those who engage in other related abuses. Universal respect for human rights and humanitarian law and the prevention of atrocities internationally promotes U.S. values and fundamental U.S. interests in helping secure peace, deter aggression, promote the rule of law, combat crime and corruption, strengthen democracies, and prevent humanitarian crises around the globe. I therefore have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict the international travel and to suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of certain persons who have engaged in the acts outlined in section 1 of this proclamation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, as amended (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, hereby find that the unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of persons described in section 1 of this proclamation would be detrimental to the interests of the United States. I therefore hereby proclaim that: Section 1. The entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of the following persons is hereby suspended:
(a) Any alien who planned, ordered, assisted, aided and abetted, committed or otherwise participated in, including through command responsibility, widespread or systematic violence against any civilian population based in whole or in part on race; color; descent; sex; disability; membership in an indigenous group; language; religion; political opinion; national origin; ethnicity; membership in a particular social group; birth; or sexual orientation or gender identity, or who attempted or conspired to do so.
(b) Any alien who planned, ordered, assisted, aided and abetted, committed or otherwise participated in, including through command responsibility, war crimes, crimes against humanity or other serious violations of human rights, or who attempted or conspired to do so.
You go, Mr. President!
And yes, we know this is not a federal law calling for same-sex marriage rights. Apples and oranges, man. This proclamation is another wonderful notch on our president’s LGBT rights belt. Marriage equality is coming, faster than you may believe. In the meantime, big thanks to Mr. Obama.
Now if only we could do something about domestic LGBT human rights violators…