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Open and Affirming UCC Issues Bold Statement Condemning Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023

"Thank you to Rev. Dr. Katrina Roseboro-Marsh and UCC and partners for their bold and profound statement condemning Uganda's Kill the Gays Bill: Uganda's Parliament passed the the Anti-Homosexuality Act, known as the “Kill The Gays” Bill after it was returned to Parliament by the Parliamentary Affairs Committee by President Museveni. It was passed again, barely amended, still containing life in prison for homosexual acts and death penalty for so called aggravated homosexuality. It is now with President Museveni who has 30 days to attest to it before it becomes law. If he chooses not to sign it will return to Parliament and is likely to pass with a two-third majority vote. Below is a statement condemning the legislation by the Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ (UCC) along with others. From my vantage point it is absolutely imperative that any one associated with Christianity step forward to condemn this law especially because the basis for the law rests in Uganda calling itself a Christian Nation and the American Evangelical Christians actively spending millions of dollars to be involved in and directly influence the Bill in the name of Christianity. Every denomination is equally responsible to speak out. In the face of the current hunts for gays and with the Z"writing on the wall" for the future of Uganda's LGBTQI+ community, silence is complicit in this trajectory toward genocide. with the 30 day window to signing- NOW IS THE TIME to speak out!"Melanie Nathan, African Human Rights Coalition:

Statement on the Anti-Homosexuality “Kill The Gays” Bill-to-law in Uganda

"Do not stand by as if this is about a “them”, it is not. We are Us as in flesh of flesh and bone of bone." -Dr. Katrina

The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ (UCC) along with other Religious, Spiritual, and Secular Groups condemn the Anti- homosexuality Act 2023, known as the “KILL THE GAYS BILL”, that passed parliament through amendment and is now awaiting President Museveni’s assent, within thirty days. If the President does not sign it, Parliament is likely to pass it with a two-third majority vote which will make it law.

As representatives of organizations of faith, spiritual paths, and human decency, we denounce the sheer religious, spiritual, and humanity beliefs we uphold in line withGod/Creator/Universe’s love being used to dehumanize and place in imminent danger, not only LGBTQIA+ individuals in Uganda, but across the globe.

The Anti-Homosexuality "Kill the Gays" Bill is a gross violation of human rights and has no place in a just and equitable world. Regardless of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity, all individuals should be treated with dignity and respect as a basic human right, and one should not be criminalized for existing. It is imperative for governments across the globe to expeditiously uphold the principles of equality and nondiscrimination and to safeguard the human rights of all citizens.

We believe that the validation of LGBTQIA+ human rights is crucial to our faith. The recognition of these rights affirms faith journeys and religious, spiritual, and humanity’s values of dignity, respect, and equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. It is essential to acknowledge that LGBTQIA+ people have the same fundamental rights as non-LGBTQIA+ people, including the right to live freely according to one’s innate sexuality, sexual orientation, and authentic gender identity, free from persecution, discrimination, and violence. When we validate the humanity and human rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals and community, we create a more accepting, affirming, and inclusive society in which everyone can live authentically and without fear.

The charge is for us, (particularly those of us of any faith path or tradition), to boldly denounce and hold accountable the U.S. right-wing fundamentalists for their history of and current false divisive narratives. Denounce their history in colonizing sexuality and sexual orientation on African soil alongside their export of homophobia and current rhetoric of hate to the continent. U. S. Right-wing fundamentalists have perpetuated hate of gays in Africa strategically. This perpetuation has forced Africans to believe that differences outside of binary distinctions in human sexuality and orientation is un-African. This is not true.

The purpose, after losing ground to equality within the United States, as evidenced by the work of Family Watch International, AZ, to name one, something drastic but possible had to be done. The strategy, to use historical religious tactics on the African continent with the goal of it working and then boomeranging their inhumane and ungodly concepts of exclusion and demise to support their discriminatory agendas in the United States.

A certainty and unity that we have is that we all are created in our Creator’s image by our Creator, and this bill-to-law is not in accordance with the Spirit of Love that inherently permeates all religions, faith paths, and spiritualities. The “Kill the Gays Bill” exploits faith, belief, God, and love, thereby justifying hate, disdain, and licensing grave harm.

We are encouraging you to not be complicit by silence; do not stand by as if this is about a “them”, it is not. We are Us as in flesh of flesh and bone of bone; Us as in honoring love that does not harm; Us as in US – United Siblings of the United States. We have an opportunity to make alive what we say is rightfully everyone’s; Liberty/Freedom and Justice/Equity/Fairness for ALL.

• Send letters denouncing this bill-to-law to your nearest Ugandan embassy.

• Lobby those who could make a difference – including government officials,

religious leaders, community leaders, and businesses all with ties to Uganda

and its politicians.

• Spread the word – tell everyone what is happening in Uganda; EVERYONE.

• Organize protests, where it is safe to, with your own faith/religious/spiritual

paths garments.

• Collaborate, unify, join together and speak loud sparing not.

• Join hands to support those fleeing and in hiding, forcibly displaced by the

climates of extreme hate and criminalization of LGBTQIA+ people in

Uganda and around the globe.

Yours In Unity & Love,

Rev. Dr. Katrina Roseboro-Marsh (She/Her), Executive Director

The Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ (UCC)


Rachael Ward (They/Them), Team Lead & Minister of Gender and Human

Sexuality & Wholeness Advocacy United Church of Christ (UCC)

Rev. Nicole Garcia (She/Her), Faith Work Director National LGBTQ Task Force

Melissa Guthrie (She/Her), Executive Director + Minister, AllianceQ

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) [DOC]

Rev. Don Abram (He/Him), Founder Pride in the Pews

Jan Lawrence (She/Her), Executive Director Reconciling Ministries Network

Rev. Alba Onofrio (She/Her), Executive Director Soulforce

Austen Hartke (He/Him), Executive Director Transmission Ministry Collective

Jun Love Young, PhD (He/Him) Founder/Director

Drew Young (He/Him) Outreach Coordinator Ren Meixner (She/Her), Operations Manager

Beloved Arise


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