One Iowa, Iowa’s largest LGBT advocacy organization, has asked Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to officially condemn the proposed bill in Uganda that would make homosexuality punishable by life in prison or even execution. The demand comes primarily in response to the actions of a group known as The Family, of which Grassley is a member, which has close ties to Ugandan officials advocating for the law.
The Iowa Independent covers the story:
Des Moines-based One Iowa is conducting a petition drive demanding Grassley denounce the bill and use his influence to stop it. The reason they believe Grassley could have an impact is his association with a group known as “The Family.”
“The Family, a fundamentalist group of powerful politicians in America and abroad has ties to Uganda legislators pushing this horrific affront to human rights,” the group said in a press release. “Our very own Sen. Grassley is a member of this so-called ‘family.’”
Grassley’s office has not yet commented on the matter.
Out Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) has already spearheaded an effort within the Congress to oppose the bill by issuing a letter, signed by three other representatives, to the State department asking it use its full authority to stymie the bill.