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DeMint wrong on gay rights

Repost from the Post and Courrier

Written by Michael Guest, Senior Advisor to The Council for Global Equality

The contrast could not be starker.

In a Human Rights Day speech in Geneva last month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton placed the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people worldwide within the broader international framework of universal human rights.

Later that month in Washington, the nomination of Maria Carmen Aponte as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador was voted down — partly over objections that she had followed administration policy in defending the fundamental freedoms of LGBT people in that country.

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., led the Republican onslaught against Aponte, whose initial nomination he opposed a year ago on entirely different grounds.

That shift of reasoning, of course, raises questions as to his true motivation.

But he and others who blocked Aponte’s nomination would do well to read Clinton’s speech.

“Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct; but, in fact, they are one and the same,” she said. “… Being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” Continue reading ‘DeMint wrong on gay rights’

Senate Committee Passes Feingold Amendment Strengthening LGBT Protections Worldwide

Senator Russ FeingoldApril 27, 2010 – U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) offered an amendment today in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to help the State Department address LGBT human rights concerns abroad. The amendment tracks language already adopted last year by the U.S. House of Representatives. Read more.


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