Senegal President Macky Sall has reproached US President Obama’s speech on tolerance for the LGBT community. At a press conference with his family in Sengal, President Obama stated that “people should be treated equally,” but Sall rejected that message.
“We are still not ready to decriminalize homosexuality,” Sall said. “I’ve already said it in the past. We’re still not ready to change the law. This does not mean that we are all homophobic.”
Like many African nations, the government and a majority of Senegal’s citizens believe that “homosexuality is not part of the culture.”
Amnesty International hoped the US President would use his visit to speak against the suffering of the LGBT community in many African countries.
The organization recently reported that anti-LGBT violence in Africa is increasing, with a push for more anti-LGBT legislation as well as harsher penalties.
“These poisonous laws must be repealed and the human rights of all Africans upheld,” the organization said in a statement.
“In some African countries political leaders target sexual orientation issues to distract attention from their overall human rights records, often marked by rampant discrimination and violence against women, corruption and lack of media freedoms.”
Out of over fifty countries in Africa, thirty-nine outlaw homosexuality.
Recently, Obama referred to the repeal of DOMA and Prop 8 as monumental for the LGBT community as well as everyone for the nation. The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in favor of marriage equality, striking down DOMA, and chose not to hear the case regarding Prop 8, instead stating that the California court ruling, which happened to be that it was unconstitutional, should stand as the final word.