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Democrats vs. GOP on 76 countries’ anti-gay laws

Hillary Clinton, U.S. secretary of state
“Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct; but, in fact, they are one and the same,” Hillary Clinton told the United Nations in December 2011.

It’s now clear just how different the platform of the Democratic Party is from the GOP platform on the issue of whether the United States should urge 76 countries to repeal their anti-homosexuality laws.

The Republican Party calls for an end to the Obama administration’s effort to persuade those countries to stop defining gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people as criminals.

The GOP platform, adopted last week, describes the administration’s international pro-LGBTI campaign as an attempt to impose “the homosexual rights agenda.”

In contrast, the Democratic Party platform endorses the administration’s effort, of course. It echoes the words of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who said last December that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”

The Democratic platform, adopted at this week’s party convention, states approvingly:

Recognizing that gay rights are human rights, the President and his administration have vowed to actively combat efforts by other nations that criminalize homosexual conduct or ignore abuse.

Under the Obama administration, American diplomats must raise the issue wherever harassment or abuse arises, and they are required to record it in the State Department’s annual report on human rights.

And the State Department is funding a program that finances gay rights organizations to combat discrimination, violence, and other abuses.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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