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US is ‘deeply troubled’ with Gambia president’s ‘hateful rhetoric’ about gays

US is ‘deeply troubled’ with Gambia president’s ‘hateful rhetoric’ about gays

Secretary of State John Kerry said the US is ‘deeply troubled’ by Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh calling gay people ‘vermin’ that must be dealt with like mosquitoes.

Kerry labeled Jammeh’s remarks ‘hateful rhetoric’ and called on the international community to condemn them.

‘All people are created equal and should be able to live free from discrimination, and that includes discrimination based on sexual identity and sexual orientation,’ Kerry said in a statement.

The top US diplomat added: ‘We call on the Government of The Gambia to protect the human rights of all Gambians, and we encourage the international community to send a clear signal that statements of this nature have no place in the public dialogue and are unacceptable.’

Jammeh made the remarks on state television to mark the 49th anniversary of Gambia’s independence from Britain.

He said he would ‘aggressively’ deal with homosexuals and compared the LGBT community to a disease.

Jammeh said his country would defend its sovereignty and Islamic beliefs.

‘We will therefore not accept any friendship, aid or any other gesture that is conditional on accepting homosexuals or LGBT as they are now baptized by the powers that promote them,’ he said.

‘As far as I am concerned, LGBT can only stand for Leprosy, Gonorrhoea, Bacteria and Tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence.’

Kerry’s statement makes clear that the US could not disagree more: ‘Human rights and fundamental freedoms belong to all individuals. The United States stands by you no matter where you are and no matter who you love.’