The United States will begin using American foreign aid to promote gay rights abroad, Obama administration officials said on Tuesday.
President Obama issued a memorandum directing American agencies to look for ways to combat efforts by foreign governments to criminalize homosexuality.
The new initiative holds the potential to irritate relations with some close American allies that ban homosexuality, including Saudi Arabia.
But Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton underscored Mr. Obama’s remarks, in a speech delivered in Geneva in connection with International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.
“I am not saying that gay people can’t or don’t commit crimes,” she said. “They can and they do. Just like straight people. And when they do, they should be held accountable. But it should never be a crime to be gay.”
The directive comes after the Parliament in Uganda decided to reopen a debate on a controversial bill that seeks to outlaw homosexuality, a move that could be expanded to include the death penalty for gay men and lesbians. That bill had been shelved earlier this year amid widespread international condemnation."
In-fucking-credible first step.
Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Yes.
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Obama has ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act:
"After careful consideration, including a review of my recommendation, the President has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny. The President has also concluded that Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same-sex couples, fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional. Given that conclusion, the President has instructed the Department not to defend the statute in such cases. I fully concur with the President’s determination."
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Except that the guy urging you to “Win the Future” just sold the car you’re supposed to drive to get there.
Democratic strategist JAMES CARVILLE, on Real Time with Bill Maher, pointing out the most things Republicans get mad at President Obama about… originated with Republicans.
"The audience for the ceremony included a who’s who of gay activists, among them Frank Kameny, who was fired from a civilian job as an Army astronomer in 1957 — an act that prompted him to found a gay rights advocacy organization in Washington D.C. and to file a lawsuit which went all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1965 he picketed the White House, in the first ever demonstration there by gays.
Now white-haired at 85, Mr. Kameny also served as an enlisted Army soldier; he signed up in May 1943, he said, three days before he turned 18, and saw “front line combat” in Germany during World War II. He said he was asked if he had “homosexual tendencies” and denied it. “They asked, and I didn’t tell,” he said, “and I resented for 67 years that I had to lie.”
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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, in remarks delivered to U.S. servicemembers and others before he signed the repeal of Don’t Act, Don’t Tell into law. He warned that while the repeal will not go into effect immediately, he has directed military leadership to implement it as soon as possible, adding “We will not drag our feet” on the new law.
And, by the way? Folks in attendance resurrected an oldie but goodie, chanting, among other things, “Yes We Can!!!”
Yes, we sure can.