Obama Says He has ‘No Patience’ for ‘Homophobic’ Countries, Bizarrely Cites ‘Morality’ as Reasoning

Voice of Russia
August 8, 2013

Barack Obama, seen showing solidarity with Russia's queer population.
Barack Obama, seen showing solidarity with Russia’s queer population.

US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he had “no patience” with countries where foreign laws discriminate against homosexuals after Russia passed a measure to punish gay “propaganda”.

“Whether you are discriminating on the basis of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, you are violating the basic morality that I think should transcend every country,” Obama said when asked about the Russian law on a late-night comedy show.

“I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them,” he added, noting that Russia “is not unique” in passing such laws. He referred to countries in Africa, without naming any specifically, that were also “in some ways persecuting the gays and lesbians.

“Uganda has famously proposed a measure that called for the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality,” though the bill has never become law.

“It makes for uncomfortable press conferences sometimes,” Obama said. “But one of the things that I think is very important for me to speak out on is making sure that people are treated fairly and justly.”

The Russian measure, signed into law by President Vladimir Putin, introduces fines of up to 5,000 rubles ($156) for citizens who disseminate information about homosexuality to minors, but critics fear it could legitimize far-reaching discrimination.

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