Joseph Robinette Biden, a practising Catholic, has travelled a long way when it comes to gay rights. In 1996, as Senator for Delaware, he voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which blocked the federal recognition of same-sex unions. Two years earlier he voted to cut funding to schools that taught the acceptance of homosexuality. In the 1970s, when asked about homosexuals in the US military, he replied: ‘My gut reaction is that they are a security risk but I must admit I have not given this much thought… I’ll be darned!’
But it’s 2023 and, I’ll be darned, the now President Joe Biden’s moral outlook has changed dramatically. It just so happens that his values have moved with those of his ever-more progressive political party, the Democrats. The polite thing is to say he’s ‘evolved’.
Biden’s White House has been arguably the most pro-gay administration in American history. It’s increasingly assertive in telling other countries off for failing to live up to 21st-century progressive morality on matters sexual. Take Team Biden’s reaction to a new law in Uganda, which includes the death penalty for perpetrators ‘aggravated homosexuality’ – such as sex with a minor, or having sex while HIV positive, and incest.
The bill criminalises gay sex education and calls for ‘rehabilitation’ therapy for homosexuals. Joe Biden has called it ‘a tragic violation’ of human rights and suggested ‘all aspects of US engagement with Uganda’ could now be withdrawn. ‘We are considering additional steps, including the application of sanctions and restriction of entry into the United States against anyone involved in serious human rights abuses or corruption,’ he said.
Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni has described the international outcry over his country’s new law as ‘imperialist.’