US will use foreign aid to defend gay rights abroad, Clinton, Obama declare: culture no excuse

US will use foreign aid to defend gay rights abroad, Clinton, Obama declare: culture no excuse

Obama, Clinton to world: Stop gay discrimination

By ANNE GEARAN | ASSOCIATED PRESS | Dec 6, 2011 2:39 PM CST in

The Obama administration bluntly warned the world against gay and lesbian discrimination Tuesday, declaring the U.S. will use foreign assistance as well as diplomacy to back its insistence that gay rights are fully equal to other basic human rights.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is greeted by members of the audience after she defended the rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender persons from around the world on Human Rights Day in a speech entitled Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights, at the United Nations...
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, shakes hands after her speech on human rights issues at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011.(AP Photo/Anja... (Associated Press)
In unusually strong language, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton compared the struggle for gay equality to difficult passages toward women's rights and racial equality, and she said a country's cultural or religious traditions are no excuse for discrimination.

"Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights," she said.

Clinton's audience included diplomats from Arab, African and other nations where homosexuality is criminalized or where brutality and discrimination against gay people is tolerated or encouraged.

She said nothing about consequences or penalties the U.S. might apply to nations it judges poor protectors of gay rights, but she spoke shortly after President Barack Obama directed the State Department and other agencies to make sure U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote gay rights.

Clinton named no countries with specifically poor records on gay rights, although the U.S. has already pointed to abuses against gays by such friends as Saudi Arabia.

"It should never be a crime to be gay," Clinton declared.

The Obama administration already supports the broad principles of equality Clinton articulated, but making those principles an explicit challenge to other nations is new. The White House said Tuesday's announcement marked the first U.S. government strategy to combat human rights abuses against gays and lesbians abroad.

The order also directs U.S. agencies to use foreign assistance to protect human rights and advance non-discrimination and to work with international organizations to fight discrimination against gays and lesbians.

The speech in Geneva, home of the United Nations' human rights body, is also part of the Obama administration's outreach to gays and lesbians, a core Democratic constituency at home. Since taking office, Obama has advocated the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay service members _ now accomplished _ and has ordered the administration to stop defending a law defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

However, Obama has stopped short of backing gay marriage, saying only that his personal views on the matter are evolving.

Clinton said she knows the United States has an imperfect record on gay rights, and she noted that until 2003 some states had laws on the books that made gay sex a crime. But there is no reason to suggest that gay rights are something only liberal, Western nations can or should embrace, she said. She said nothing about gay marriage.

"Gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world," Clinton said. "Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality."

In her most direct challenge to nations with conservative cultural or religious mores, Clinton catalogued abuses such as targeted killings of gays, "corrective rape" of lesbians or forced hormone treatments. She likened the targeting of gays for mistreatment to "honor killings" of women, widow-burning or female genital mutilation, examples of practices the U.S. decries but has not penalized friends including Afghanistan for carrying out.

"Some people still defend those practices as part of a cultural tradition," she said. "But violence toward women isn't cultural; it's criminal."

She also compared the evolution of cultural attitudes toward homosexuality to the changing view of slavery.

"What was once justified as sanctioned by God is now properly reviled as an unconscionable violation of human rights," she said.

The audience included lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists who applauded loudly and whooped in approval when Clinton finished.

Some of the diplomats who were invited were unaware of the topic beforehand, and Clinton introduced her subject gingerly. She said she knew it was sensitive and cut against ingrained traditions and expectations.

"Leadership, by definition, means being out in front of your people when it is called for. It means standing up for the dignity of all citizens and persuading your people to do the same," she said.

In the memorandum issued in Washington, Obama directed U.S. agencies working abroad, including the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, to use foreign aid to assist gays and lesbians who are facing human rights violations. And he ordered U.S. agencies to protect vulnerable gay and lesbian refugees and asylum seekers.

"The struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States' commitment to promoting human rights," Obama said in a statement.

Gay rights groups praised the order as a significant step for ensuring that gays and lesbians are treated equally around the world.

"Today's actions by President Obama make clear that the United States will not turn a blind eye when governments commit or allow abuses to the human rights of LGBT people," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay advocacy organization.

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Associated Press writers Frank Jordans in Geneva and Julie Pace in Washington contributed to this story



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Re: US will use foreign aid to defend gay rights abroad, Clinton, Obama declare: culture no excuse
Big-k posted on 12-07-2011, 09:40:09 AM
I'm totally against the new law against gays in Nigeria and elsewhere, but find the now nosy pro-gay agenda of the Obama administration totally annoying!
Re: US will use foreign aid to defend gay rights abroad, Clinton, Obama declare: culture no excuse
N3c posted on 12-07-2011, 10:00:21 AM
I applaud the Senators for banning gay marriage in Nigeria. Canada, Britain, U.S - especially Obama and Mrs. Clinton, should get a life. This is a moral issue not civil right issue.
Re: US will use foreign aid to defend gay rights abroad, Clinton, Obama declare: culture no excuse
First-lady posted on 12-07-2011, 10:55:02 AM
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Obama issued a memorandum Tuesday directing all U.S. government agencies working abroad to use foreign aid to assist gays and lesbians who are facing human rights violations and improve protections for gay and lesbian refugees and asylum seekers.


Didn't I predict this earlier
This is an opportunity for my people to claim gay and abscond
super, you don get green card?
this is your last card
\forget all the anti gay stuff,who will know?
Re: US will use foreign aid to defend gay rights abroad, Clinton, Obama declare: culture no excuse
Superego posted on 12-07-2011, 11:22:16 AM
QUOTE:
Didn't I predict this earlier
This is an opportunity for my people to claim gay and abscond
super, you don get green card?
this is your last card
\forget all the anti gay stuff,who will know?


I can't pretend. Them fit send anolicker to test me, and I go just bite hin ear off b4 remembering.
Re: US will use foreign aid to defend gay rights abroad, Clinton, Obama declare: culture no excuse
Superego posted on 12-07-2011, 11:26:50 AM
http://www.newsrescue.com/2010/07/uganda-pastor-ssempa-to-obama-you-ran-on-a-change-theme-dont-you-believe-gays-too-can-change/

Uganda Pastor Ssempa To Obama: You ran on a change theme, don't you believe Gays too can change

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June 13, 2010
First, President Barack Obama makes a mistake, gays and lesbians are never targeted for who they are, rather what they do. It is the repugnant sexual acts, which they do, which constitutes a crime, a sin and a rebellion against the order of nature.

Here in Africa, we believe homosexuals can CHANGE. It is very disappointing for Africans to hear Obama who ran on the ticket of "change we can believe in" suddenly growing cold feet when we postulate in faith that homosexuals can truly change. We wish to tell him that Sodomy is not the change we want, nor can believe in.

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Secondly, we wish to remind Obama that the unborn babies killed under his extremely odious laws of abortion, are the ones who are killed not for what they have done, but just because they are. Shame on his administration for panicking to protect abnormal sexual acts when innocent babies are killed daily in America in its abortion industry which is funded by his administration.

Obama's comments will not stop the passage of the anti-homosexuality bill, but rather it has shown us that of all the problems that Africa has, the priority is not HIV/AIDS or trade but Sodomy.

In History we will remember President George W. Bush for helping to stop the spread of the deadly HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis with his presidential emergency fund (PEPFAR).


On the other hand we are writing Obama's history as one whose single focus is a divisive obsession with the spread of sodomy in Africa.
Re: US will use foreign aid to defend gay rights abroad, Clinton, Obama declare: culture no excuse
Ojemba posted on 12-07-2011, 11:37:53 AM
QUOTE:
I'm totally against the new law against gays in Nigeria and elsewhere, but find the now nosy pro-gay agenda of the Obama administration totally annoying!


The sooner you make up your mind the better for you because if you think the pro gay agenda is annoying then how else do you deal with that irritation if not promulgate laws against it.
Re: US will use foreign aid to defend gay rights abroad, Clinton, Obama declare: culture no excuse
Superego posted on 12-07-2011, 11:41:10 AM
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The sooner you make up your mind the better for you because if you think the pro gay agenda is annoying then how else do you deal with that irritation if not promulgate laws against it.


He'd rather we wait till as happened with the US, we have a gay president and lesbian(dyke) secretary of state, who now enforce laws to enshrine and promote anolicking in our constitution and enforce it on our neighbors sef.
Re: US will use foreign aid to defend gay rights abroad, Clinton, Obama declare: culture no excuse
Dove posted on 12-07-2011, 12:10:56 PM
One thing I like so much about the US and all them Western countries is that they ALWAYS speak about their "values" and "way of life". They do anything to keep and safe guard these, but they see no issue with meddling in other people's "values" and "way of life".

The sooner Obama and Hilary went back and fix their ailing economy, the better for them.

Do they necessarily have to do everything on earth by poking their noses in what does not concern them, in order to appear assertive? How much I hate that.

Btw, shouldn't that woman go home and take care of her husband? Flying the world 350 days of the yr.


Peace.
CNN: Clinton, Obama promote gay rights around the world; The gay duo wage all out war!
Superego posted on 12-07-2011, 12:20:50 PM

US will use foreign aid to defend gay rights abroad, Clinton, Obama declare: culture no excuse


Obama, Clinton to world: Stop gay discrimination


By ANNE GEARAN | ASSOCIATED PRESS | Dec 6, 2011 2:39 PM CST in










The Obama administration bluntly warned the world against gay and lesbian discrimination Tuesday, declaring the U.S. will use foreign assistance as well as diplomacy to back its insistence that gay rights are fully equal to other basic human rights.





















U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is greeted by members of the audience after she defended the rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender persons from around the world on Human Rights Day in a speech entitled Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights, at the United Nations...
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, shakes hands after her speech on human rights issues at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011.(AP Photo/Anja... (Associated Press)


In unusually strong language, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton compared the struggle for gay equality to difficult passages toward women's rights and racial equality, and she said a country's cultural or religious traditions are no excuse for discrimination.














"Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights," she said.


Clinton's audience included diplomats from Arab, African and other nations where homosexuality is criminalized or where brutality and discrimination against gay people is tolerated or encouraged.


She said nothing about consequences or penalties the U.S. might apply to nations it judges poor protectors of gay rights, but she spoke shortly after President Barack Obama directed the State Department and other agencies to make sure U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote gay rights.


Clinton named no countries with specifically poor records on gay rights, although the U.S. has already pointed to abuses against gays by such friends as Saudi Arabia.


"It should never be a crime to be gay," Clinton declared.


The Obama administration already supports the broad principles of equality Clinton articulated, but making those principles an explicit challenge to other nations is new. The White House said Tuesday's announcement marked the first U.S. government strategy to combat human rights abuses against gays and lesbians abroad.


The order also directs U.S. agencies to use foreign assistance to protect human rights and advance non-discrimination and to work with international organizations to fight discrimination against gays and lesbians.


The speech in Geneva, home of the United Nations' human rights body, is also part of the Obama administration's outreach to gays and lesbians, a core Democratic constituency at home. Since taking office, Obama has advocated the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay service members _ now accomplished _ and has ordered the administration to stop defending a law defining marriage as between one man and one woman.


However, Obama has stopped short of backing gay marriage, saying only that his personal views on the matter are evolving.


Clinton said she knows the United States has an imperfect record on gay rights, and she noted that until 2003 some states had laws on the books that made gay sex a crime. But there is no reason to suggest that gay rights are something only liberal, Western nations can or should embrace, she said. She said nothing about gay marriage.


"Gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world," Clinton said. "Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality."


In her most direct challenge to nations with conservative cultural or religious mores, Clinton catalogued abuses such as targeted killings of gays, "corrective rape" of lesbians or forced hormone treatments. She likened the targeting of gays for mistreatment to "honor killings" of women, widow-burning or female genital mutilation, examples of practices the U.S. decries but has not penalized friends including Afghanistan for carrying out.


"Some people still defend those practices as part of a cultural tradition," she said. "But violence toward women isn't cultural; it's criminal."


She also compared the evolution of cultural attitudes toward homosexuality to the changing view of slavery.


"What was once justified as sanctioned by God is now properly reviled as an unconscionable violation of human rights," she said.


The audience included lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists who applauded loudly and whooped in approval when Clinton finished.


Some of the diplomats who were invited were unaware of the topic beforehand, and Clinton introduced her subject gingerly. She said she knew it was sensitive and cut against ingrained traditions and expectations.


"Leadership, by definition, means being out in front of your people when it is called for. It means standing up for the dignity of all citizens and persuading your people to do the same," she said.


In the memorandum issued in Washington, Obama directed U.S. agencies working abroad, including the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, to use foreign aid to assist gays and lesbians who are facing human rights violations. And he ordered U.S. agencies to protect vulnerable gay and lesbian refugees and asylum seekers.


"The struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States' commitment to promoting human rights," Obama said in a statement.


Gay rights groups praised the order as a significant step for ensuring that gays and lesbians are treated equally around the world.


"Today's actions by President Obama make clear that the United States will not turn a blind eye when governments commit or allow abuses to the human rights of LGBT people," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay advocacy organization.


___


Associated Press writers Frank Jordans in Geneva and Julie Pace in Washington contributed to this story




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In unusually strong language, Clinton compared the struggle for gay equality to difficult passages toward women's rights and racial equality, and she said a country's cultural or religious traditions are no excuse for discrimination.


US will use foreign aid to defend gay rights abroad, Clinton, Obama declare: culture no excuse

Obama, Clinton to world: Stop gay discrimination

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The Obama administration bluntly warned the world against gay and lesbian discrimination Tuesday, declaring the U.S. will use foreign assistance as well as diplomacy to back its insistence that gay rights are fully equal to other basic human rights.



U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, shakes hands after her speech on human rights issues at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011.(AP Photo/Anja... (Associated Press)
In unusually strong language, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton compared the struggle for gay equality to difficult passages toward women's rights and racial equality, and she said a country's cultural or religious traditions are no excuse for discrimination.











"Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights," she said.

Clinton's audience included diplomats from Arab, African and other nations where homosexuality is criminalized or where brutality and discrimination against gay people is tolerated or encouraged.

She said nothing about consequences or penalties the U.S. might apply to nations it judges poor protectors of gay rights, but she spoke shortly after President Barack Obama directed the State Department and other agencies to make sure U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote gay rights.

Clinton named no countries with specifically poor records on gay rights, although the U.S. has already pointed to abuses against gays by such friends as Saudi Arabia.

"It should never be a crime to be gay," Clinton declared.

The Obama administration already supports the broad principles of equality Clinton articulated, but making those principles an explicit challenge to other nations is new. The White House said Tuesday's announcement marked the first U.S. government strategy to combat human rights abuses against gays and lesbians abroad.

The order also directs U.S. agencies to use foreign assistance to protect human rights and advance non-discrimination and to work with international organizations to fight discrimination against gays and lesbians.

The speech in Geneva, home of the United Nations' human rights body, is also part of the Obama administration's outreach to gays and lesbians, a core Democratic constituency at home. Since taking office, Obama has advocated the repeal of the military's ban on openly gay service members _ now accomplished _ and has ordered the administration to stop defending a law defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

However, Obama has stopped short of backing gay marriage, saying only that his personal views on the matter are evolving.

Clinton said she knows the United States has an imperfect record on gay rights, and she noted that until 2003 some states had laws on the books that made gay sex a crime. But there is no reason to suggest that gay rights are something only liberal, Western nations can or should embrace, she said. She said nothing about gay marriage.

"Gay people are born into and belong to every society in the world," Clinton said. "Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality."

In her most direct challenge to nations with conservative cultural or religious mores, Clinton catalogued abuses such as targeted killings of gays, "corrective rape" of lesbians or forced hormone treatments. She likened the targeting of gays for mistreatment to "honor killings" of women, widow-burning or female genital mutilation, examples of practices the U.S. decries but has not penalized friends including Afghanistan for carrying out.

"Some people still defend those practices as part of a cultural tradition," she said. "But violence toward women isn't cultural; it's criminal."

She also compared the evolution of cultural attitudes toward homosexuality to the changing view of slavery.

"What was once justified as sanctioned by God is now properly reviled as an unconscionable violation of human rights," she said.

The audience included lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists who applauded loudly and whooped in approval when Clinton finished.

Some of the diplomats who were invited were unaware of the topic beforehand, and Clinton introduced her subject gingerly. She said she knew it was sensitive and cut against ingrained traditions and expectations.

"Leadership, by definition, means being out in front of your people when it is called for. It means standing up for the dignity of all citizens and persuading your people to do the same," she said.

In the memorandum issued in Washington, Obama directed U.S. agencies working abroad, including the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, to use foreign aid to assist gays and lesbians who are facing human rights violations. And he ordered U.S. agencies to protect vulnerable gay and lesbian refugees and asylum seekers.

"The struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States' commitment to promoting human rights," Obama said in a statement.

Gay rights groups praised the order as a significant step for ensuring that gays and lesbians are treated equally around the world.

"Today's actions by President Obama make clear that the United States will not turn a blind eye when governments commit or allow abuses to the human rights of LGBT people," said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay advocacy organization.

___

Associated Press writers Frank Jordans in Geneva and Julie Pace in Washington contributed to this story

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