President Obama signed a proclamation on Thursday that bars entry to the USA by "persons who organize or participate in war crimes, crimes against humanity and serious violations of human rights," announced the White House.
The proclamation explicitly states those who persecute people based on their "sexual orientation and gender identity" are among the categories of those who are barred from entering the United States.
The United States’ enduring commitment to respect for human rights and humanitarian law requires that its Government be able to ensure that the United States does not become a safe haven for serious violators of human rights and humanitarian law and those who engage in other related abuses.[...]
The entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of the following persons is hereby suspended:
Any alien who planned, ordered, assisted, aided and abetted, committed or otherwise participated in, including through command responsibility, widespread or systematic violence against any civilian population based in whole or in part on race; color; descent; sex; disability; membership in an indigenous group; language; religion; political opinion; national origin; ethnicity; membership in a particular social group; birth; or sexual orientation or gender identity, or who attempted or conspired to do so.
The White House fact sheet specifically mentions concerns over human rights in Kyrgyzstan, Cote d'Ivoire, Libya, and Sudan. Experts say the White House could broaden its scope to include anti-gay extremists.
Council for Global Equality Chairman David Bromley told the Washington Blade: "Which could in principle be used to justify the exclusion of hate-promoting politicians like Ugandan parliamentarian David Bahati, who introduced a ‘kill the gays bill’ in a previous legislative session in Uganda and may do so again."
Bahati was invited to attend the National Prayer Breakfast in February 2010. The anti-gay extremist—whose proposed Anti Homosexuality Bill would include life imprisonment and/or death penalties for "aggravated homosexuality"—was later dis-invited.