Obama walks tightrope on gay rights

2013-06-24 22:10

Ivory Coast - The US embassy in Ivory Coast made history earlier this month by hosting a gay pride reception attended by about two dozen openly gay Ivorians.

Despite the groundbreaking nature of the event, reporters were barred from attending, and the only mention of it was a short blurb on the embassy website posted the following week.

The handling of the event encapsulates the Obama administration's cautious promotion of gay rights in Africa, an issue that is likely to come up during the president's visit this week to three African nations, two of which punish homosexuality with jail time.

The US has made it a priority to promote gay rights overseas, but officials are careful when they talk about it, citing concerns about igniting a backlash that could endanger local activists.

  • goyougoodthing - 2013-06-24 23:25

    He's not walking a tightrope, he's showing the same bigoted prejudice one sees all over the USA. GOD doesn't like gays either remember.

      goyougoodthing - 2013-06-25 10:10

      Obama should be ashamed of himself, but then he clearly doesn't have a conscience. He has used his 'blackness' to garner the votes of the very people for whom his policies have cause the most damage. His little meander into healthcare was a little deterrent from the big picture of corporate control of the Oval Office. ObamaCare and the fact that to criticise the first black president may have lead to accusations of racism have meant that a lot of his actions have remained unchallenged. The dems are supposedly anti-war, but in his tenure he has spent more on killing innocents that the Bush administrations could have dreamed of. The ultimate patsy dressed in the right frock.

  • Jan-Hendrik Van de Venter - 2013-06-24 23:49

    He is a closet gay rights supporter...

      Jacques Smith - 2013-06-25 09:01

      Here we go again...all the gay atheists defending their perversions again.................

      goyougoodthing - 2013-06-25 10:02

      The closed minds of little men.

      goyougoodthing - 2013-06-25 10:06

      The irony of Jacques Facebook header - preaching LOVE.

  • Musawashe Moyo - 2013-06-25 01:27

    He's one of them, must be tough for Michelle acting like they in love only on camera.

  • Simphiwe Charlie - 2013-06-25 06:24

    Yeah, like he believes in peace but just can't bring himself to talk about it.

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