Daniel L. Foote, U.S. ambassador to Zambia said that throwing a gay couple in jail was “horrifying.” After threats and the Zambian president saying they didn’t want him there, the U.S. recalled Foote, according to the New York Times.
Being gay in Zambia is still a crime — the Zambian government put the gay couple in jail for “crimes against the order of nature,” something Foote publicly took a stand against. Zambian President Edgar Lungu said he would complain to the Trump administration.
“The United States firmly opposes abuses against L.G.B.T.I. persons. Governments have an obligation to ensure that all people can freely enjoy the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms to which they are entitled,” the State Department said in a statement, according to the New York Times.