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    Obama Elevates Gay Rights as a Foreign Policy Priority

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a directive elevating the the rights and treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people abroad as a priority in U.S. foreign policy. A memorandum Mr. Obama sent to government agencies directs them to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, or LGBT persons.

    He said he has been "deeply concerned" by violence and discrimination targeting LGBT persons. He cited foreign laws criminalizing LGBT status, the beating of LGBT citizens for joining peaceful celebrations, and the killing of men, women and children for their perceived sexual orientation. Mr. Obama said America's commitment to advancing human rights for all people is strengthened when it vigorously advances the goal of promoting LGBT rights. Mr. Obama raised the issue at the United Nations General Assembly in September. "No country should deny people their rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but also no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere," he said.

    Treatment of LGBT people in other countries is already mentioned in annual State Department country human rights assessments. Mr. Obama's directive elevates the issue's importance as a foreign policy priority.


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    Re: Obama Elevates Gay Rights as a Foreign Policy Priority

    Quote Originally Posted by RadicalModerate View Post
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a directive elevating the the rights and treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people abroad as a priority in U.S. foreign policy. A memorandum Mr. Obama sent to government agencies directs them to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, or LGBT persons.

    He said he has been "deeply concerned" by violence and discrimination targeting LGBT persons. He cited foreign laws criminalizing LGBT status, the beating of LGBT citizens for joining peaceful celebrations, and the killing of men, women and children for their perceived sexual orientation. Mr. Obama said America's commitment to advancing human rights for all people is strengthened when it vigorously advances the goal of promoting LGBT rights. Mr. Obama raised the issue at the United Nations General Assembly in September. "No country should deny people their rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but also no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere," he said.

    Treatment of LGBT people in other countries is already mentioned in annual State Department country human rights assessments. Mr. Obama's directive elevates the issue's importance as a foreign policy priority.


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    how bout elevating gay rights in our own country first...yanno, kinda like getting our own house in order before we start trying to demonstrate our moral superiority to everyone else.
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    Re: Obama Elevates Gay Rights as a Foreign Policy Priority

    When DOMA gets struck down I will take him seriously. Until then, hot air.

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    Re: Obama Elevates Gay Rights as a Foreign Policy Priority

    Quote Originally Posted by RadicalModerate View Post
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a directive elevating the the rights and treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people abroad as a priority in U.S. foreign policy. A memorandum Mr. Obama sent to government agencies directs them to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, or LGBT persons.

    He said he has been "deeply concerned" by violence and discrimination targeting LGBT persons. He cited foreign laws criminalizing LGBT status, the beating of LGBT citizens for joining peaceful celebrations, and the killing of men, women and children for their perceived sexual orientation. Mr. Obama said America's commitment to advancing human rights for all people is strengthened when it vigorously advances the goal of promoting LGBT rights. Mr. Obama raised the issue at the United Nations General Assembly in September. "No country should deny people their rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but also no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere," he said.

    Treatment of LGBT people in other countries is already mentioned in annual State Department country human rights assessments. Mr. Obama's directive elevates the issue's importance as a foreign policy priority.


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    Good for him. In many countries it borders on or equals Hitler's treatment of gays on a governmental level and with no comparison to inequality for gays in the USA.

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    Re: Obama Elevates Gay Rights as a Foreign Policy Priority

    Good. Liberals need to be a little more pragmatic in their approach to gay rights.

    It is certainly not hypocritical for the US to condemn the stoning of gay people just because we don't (yet) recognize gay marriage on the federal level.

    My marriage may not be recognized on the federal level, but I'd feel pretty damn selfish telling Obama to quit defending lesbians from governments that want to impose corrective rape therapy on them until I get a federal tax break.
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    Re: Obama Elevates Gay Rights as a Foreign Policy Priority

    Quote Originally Posted by RadicalModerate View Post
    [I]President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a directive elevating the the rights and treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people abroad as a priority in U.S. foreign policy...
    I'll be more impressed when he issues a directive elevating the rights of homosexuals here in America as a priority in U.S. domestic policy. He can start by dismantling DOMA and pushing for laws that ensure homosexuals the same constitutional rights and protections as every other citizen... including the right to marry.

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    Re: Obama Elevates Gay Rights as a Foreign Policy Priority

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    how bout elevating gay rights in our own country first...yanno, kinda like getting our own house in order before we start trying to demonstrate our moral superiority to everyone else.
    Well, our government usually tells other nations to live by standards that it exempts itself from, so I don't see why this should be any different.

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    Re: Obama Elevates Gay Rights as a Foreign Policy Priority

    Thank god. Hopefully some good comes out of this.

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    Re: Obama Elevates Gay Rights as a Foreign Policy Priority

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    When DOMA gets struck down I will take him seriously. Until then, hot air.
    What more do you think he can do?

    President Barack Obama is throwing his support behind a bill that would repeal the federal government's ban on same-sex marriage.

    The president has "long called for a legislative appeal for the so-called Defense of Marriage Act which continues to have a real impact on families," White House spokesman Jay Carney announced Tuesday.

    The president is “proud to support” the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, Carney said.

    The Obama administration announced in February that it believes the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and would no longer defend it in court.
    Obama: Defense Of Marriage Act Should Be Repealed

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    Re: Obama Elevates Gay Rights as a Foreign Policy Priority

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    What more do you think he can do?



    Obama: Defense Of Marriage Act Should Be Repealed
    He could have done ALL of that in his first year, when he had a majority congress who would have run roughshod over the opposition and passed every damned bill and-or-repeal that he wanted, which was what he'd promised to do during his campaign. He didn't. Now he can't. Lost credibility is lost.

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