Proposed US Law Would Ban Foreign Critics of LGBT

Sep 13, 2019 by

by Rebecca Oas, C-Fam:

A bill recently passed out of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee would allow the federal government to block U.S. visas for foreign individuals who criticize or otherwise work against the LGBT movement.

It is recognized that people’s basic human rights are frequently violated, both by state and non-state entities and that the victims of these incidents include persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), as well as many others. The Global Equality Act could punish those who commit such offenses as killing or assaulting persons based on their perceived sexual orientation.

But the bill goes much farther than that and, according to critics, could be used to curtail human rights, including religious freedom and freedom of expression by foreign citizens.

According to Human Rights Watch, this bill would provide a means to prevent persons who violate the rights of LGBT-identified individuals from entering the U.S, based on a list of such persons the Executive Branch would be required to send to Congress biannually.

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