U.S. to use foreign aid to promote gay rights

  • metta

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    Dec 06, 2011 8:49 PM GMT

    U.S. to use foreign aid to promote gay rights


    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57337524/u.s-to-use-foreign-aid-to-promote-gay-rights/
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 06, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    GO Hillary!!!
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    Dec 06, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    Cue rightwing asshats screaming about "the gay agenda."
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 06, 2011 9:40 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidU.S. To Use Money Borrowed From China To Promote Gay Rights


    Nevertheless, worthwhile.
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    Dec 06, 2011 9:44 PM GMT
    Haaretz saidCue rightwing asshats screaming about "the gay agenda."
    Right on cue within 1 minute.. Damn.. like clockwork eh?
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 06, 2011 9:46 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidU.S. To Use Money Borrowed From China To Promote Gay Rights


    I got a new job as a tax collector. I will look you up in Wilton Manors for the stupid tax. icon_wink.gif Don't splurge on Christmas shopping. It's gonna be costly.
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    coolarmydude said
    southbeach1500 saidU.S. To Use Money Borrowed From China To Promote Gay Rights


    Nevertheless, worthwhile.


    yeah, cos it´s so much better to use the money to kill Iraqi children.
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 06, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    Lostboy said
    coolarmydude said
    southbeach1500 saidU.S. To Use Money Borrowed From China To Promote Gay Rights


    Nevertheless, worthwhile.


    yeah, cos it´s so much better to use the money to kill Iraqi children.


    WTF, guy?
  • DanOmatic

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    Dec 06, 2011 10:00 PM GMT
    The State Department has always been more forward-thinking (in general) than the administrations they serve (and certainly more than the general populace).

    I think it's great, and I feel a certain amount of pride in the political courage it takes to do that, but I can see the Michelle Bachmanns and other wackos in Congress getting worked up into a froth over this.
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 06, 2011 10:03 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    coolarmydude said
    southbeach1500 saidU.S. To Use Money Borrowed From China To Promote Gay Rights


    I got a new job as a tax collector. I will look you up in Wilton Manors for the stupid tax. icon_wink.gif Don't splurge on Christmas shopping. It's gonna be costly.


    Hehehehe... that's Art Dingbat who lives in the gay ghetto of Wilton Manors. I live in the real world.


    I'll get both of yous!
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    Dec 06, 2011 10:14 PM GMT
    Lostboy said
    coolarmydude said
    southbeach1500 saidU.S. To Use Money Borrowed From China To Promote Gay Rights


    Nevertheless, worthwhile.


    yeah, cos it´s so much better to use the money to kill Iraqi children.


    Two birds with one stone?

    I kid, I kid icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 06, 2011 10:16 PM GMT
    An excellent initiative. Bigotry should be repudiated (where it hurts).
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    Dec 06, 2011 10:20 PM GMT
    I think it sounds really nice but shouldn't we give gays equal rights in our own country before we start to worry about others?
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    Dec 06, 2011 10:30 PM GMT
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    skifan08 saidI think it sounds really nice but shouldn't we give gays equal rights in our own country before we start to worry about others?

    That would make sense - something that is absent from most government initiatives.

    To this day, President Obama believes marriage is "between a man and a woman."

    And who do YOU believe it's between? And what should the government's action be to reflect your beliefs? And which Presidential contenders do you feel reflect and support your beliefs on gay marriage?
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    Dec 06, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    skifan08 saidI think it sounds really nice but shouldn't we give gays equal rights in our own country before we start to worry about others?


    I think they are talking about countries where gay people are imprisoned and even executed for their sexual orientation.
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    Dec 06, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidU.S. To Use Money Borrowed From China To Promote Gay Rights in China, and other anti-gay nations.

    Fixed.
  • JP85257

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    Dec 06, 2011 10:45 PM GMT
    I just say cut em all off. We cant afford our own shit....why should we support other countries that dont have our best interests at heart.
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    southbeach1500 saidU.S. To Use Money Borrowed From China To Promote Gay Rights



    Better than money borrowed from china to go to war in Iran
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    Dec 06, 2011 10:51 PM GMT
    charlitos said
    southbeach1500 saidU.S. To Use Money Borrowed From China To Promote Gay Rights



    Better than money borrowed from china to go to war in Iran
    Iran is one of the anti-gay countries; and it wouldn't surprise me if they're the first target for "promoting gay rights" (aka: overthrowing the govt).
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 06, 2011 11:00 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    skifan08 saidI think it sounds really nice but shouldn't we give gays equal rights in our own country before we start to worry about others?


    That would make sense - something that is absent from most government initiatives.


    And yet you praised Bush with no government concerns for his record funding of combating AIDS in Africa (not that funding the fight against AIDS in other nations is bad).
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  • metta

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    Dec 07, 2011 7:37 AM GMT
    ^
    Thank you for posting that! icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 07, 2011 7:59 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Art_Deco said
    southbeach1500 said
    To this day, President Obama believes marriage is "between a man and a woman."

    And who do YOU believe it's between? And what should the government's action be to reflect your beliefs? And which Presidential contenders do you feel reflect and support your beliefs on gay marriage?


    I think the whole "gay marriage" campaign has been made unnecessarily difficult by those pushing for it. The word "marriage" has religious connotations and that's where the pushback is emanating from.

    Government should get out of the marriage business and instead adopt the term "civil unions" for all.

    As for which candidate ultimately goes up against Obama, it doesn't matter to me, as Obama is destroying the country and another 4 years of the Obama wrecking ball will leave us with a country where "marriage" is the least of our problems.


    seriously? grow up. this is a catch phrase for people who don't like to think about the actual inner workings of politics.
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    Dec 07, 2011 8:31 AM GMT
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    U.S. to use foreign aid to promote gay rights


    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57337524/u.s-to-use-foreign-aid-to-promote-gay-rights/


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  • metta

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    Dec 07, 2011 8:54 AM GMT


    [quote]
    By this memorandum I am directing all agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons. Specifically, I direct the following actions, consistent with applicable law:

    Section 1. Combating Criminalization of LGBT Status or Conduct Abroad. Agencies engaged abroad are directed to strengthen existing efforts to effectively combat the criminalization by foreign governments of LGBT status or conduct and to expand efforts to combat discrimination, homophobia, and intolerance on the basis of LGBT status or conduct.

    Sec. 2. Protecting Vulnerable LGBT Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Those LGBT persons who seek refuge from violence and persecution face daunting challenges. In order to improve protection for LGBT refugees and asylum seekers at all stages of displacement, the Departments of State and Homeland Security shall enhance their ongoing efforts to ensure that LGBT refugees and asylum seekers have equal access to protection and assistance, particularly in countries of first asylum. In addition, the Departments of State, Justice, and Homeland Security shall ensure appropriate training is in place so that relevant Federal Government personnel and key partners can effectively address the protection of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers, including by providing to them adequate assistance and ensuring that the

    Federal Government has the ability to identify and expedite resettlement of highly vulnerable persons with urgent protection needs.

    Sec. 3. Foreign Assistance to Protect Human Rights and Advance Nondiscrimination. Agencies involved with foreign aid, assistance, and development shall enhance their ongoing efforts to ensure regular Federal Government engagement with governments, citizens, civil society, and the private sector in order to build respect for the human rights of LGBT persons.

    Sec. 4. Swift and Meaningful U.S. Responses to Human Rights Abuses of LGBT Persons Abroad. The Department of State shall lead a standing group, with appropriate interagency representation, to help ensure the Federal Government’s swift and meaningful response to serious incidents that threaten the human rights of LGBT persons abroad.

    Sec. 5. Engaging International Organizations in the Fight Against LGBT Discrimination. Multilateral fora and international organizations are key vehicles to promote respect for the human rights of LGBT persons and to bring global attention to LGBT issues. Building on the State Department’s leadership in this area, agencies engaged abroad should strengthen the work they have begun and initiate additional efforts in these multilateral fora and organizations to: counter discrimination on the basis of LGBT status; broaden the number of countries willing to support and defend LGBT issues in the multilateral arena; strengthen the role of civil society advocates on behalf of LGBT issues within and through multilateral fora; and strengthen the policies and programming of multilateral institutions on LGBT issues.

    Sec. 6. Reporting on Progress. All agencies engaged abroad shall prepare a report within 180 days of the date of this memorandum, and annually thereafter, on their progress toward advancing these initiatives. All such agencies shall submit their reports to the Department of State, which will compile a report on the Federal Government’s progress in advancing these initiatives for transmittal to the President.

    Sec. 7. Definitions. (a) For the purposes of this memorandum, agencies engaged abroad include the Departments of State, the Treasury, Defense, Justice, Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Export Import Bank, the United States Trade Representative, and such other agencies as the President may designate.

    (b) For the purposes of this memorandum, agencies involved with foreign aid, assistance, and development include the Departments of State, the Treasury, Defense, Justice, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, the USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Export Import Bank, the United States Trade Representative, and such other agencies as the President may designate.

    This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    The Secretary of State is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

    BARACK OBAMA
    [/quote]

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