Obama ‘Great’ For World Gay Rights – For American Gays – NOT SO MUCH.
Just sign the legislation Obama. the people who will hate you for doing it were never going to vote for you anyway. I find the entire concept of a black president refusing to protect his gay citizens totally revolting. Grow some class and blals Obama NOW. your citizens need protection.
As President Obama struggles with the politics of gay issues at home, his administration is drawing cheers from human rights groups for its commitment to gay rights around the globe.
In the past several months, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a speech, which dramatically shifted the international human right focus on LGBT rights in front of the United Nations, dedicated $3 million to help promote LGBT rights worldwide and distributed kits to U.S. embassies.
The U.S. involvement was also essential in the passage of a U.N. resolution expressing “grave concern” about abuses and violations of gay and lesbian rights, as well as the first ever debate on LGBT issues before the U.N. Human Rights Council.
“LGBT rights are a high priority for the State Department and I think that our commitment to this issue is clear throughout our numerous actions,” said Daniel Baer, deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor.
While U.S. gay groups express frustration at Obama’s refusal to sign an executive order banning LGBT discrimination at the workplace and his “evolving” view on same-sex marriage, international organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch praise the steps the Obama administration has taken worldwide.
“A lot has changed thanks to the U.S. ongoing policy,” said Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. “Important steps have been taken.”
Some Republicans, including the party’s presidential candidates, reacted negatively to Clinton’s U.N. speech in December. Texas Gov. Rick Perry released a statement saying that “promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money.”
Mitt Romney said national security, not gay rights, should be the primary test for foreign aid.