Obama moves to show support for gay rights abroad

posted at 6:53 pm on December 6, 2011 by Tina Korbe

The president today outlined a strategy to address human rights violations against gays abroad, directing government agencies to use foreign aid to “build respect for the human rights of LGBT persons.” The Washington Times reports:

“I am deeply concerned by the violence and discrimination targeting LGBT persons around the world — whether it is passing laws that criminalize LGBT status, beating citizens simply for joining peaceful LGBT pride celebrations, or killing men, women, and children for their perceived sexual orientation,” President Obama wrote in a memorandum with his name attached. “Under my Administration, agencies engaged abroad have already begun taking action to promote the fundamental human rights of LGBT persons everywhere.” …

The president’s memorandum spells out that U.S. agencies abroad must “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.”

It also directs those agencies to engage international organizations in the effort to combat discrimination.

Presidential candidate Rick Perry quickly responded to the president’s PR ploy. Not surprisingly, Perry disapproved, as these excerpts from his statement illustrate:

Just when you thought Barack Obama couldn’t get any more out of touch with America’s values. … This administration’s war on traditional American values must stop. …

I have proposed a foreign aid budget that starts at zero. From that zero baseline, we will consider aid requests based solely on America’s national security interests. Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money. But there is a troubling trend here beyond the national security nonsense inherent in this silly idea. This is just the most recent example of an administration at war with people of faith in this country. Investing tax dollars promoting a lifestyle many Americas of faith find so deeply objectionable is wrong.

President Obama has again mistaken America’s tolerance for different lifestyles with an endorsement of those lifestyles. I will not make that mistake.

Frankly, I’m not too riled about this, but it does come across to me as almost painfully insincere on the president’s part. As with so much that Obama does these days, he clearly did this with his own reelection in mind. He’s unwilling to go on the record in support of gay “marriage” because he doesn’t want to alienate socially conservative Democrats, but he wants to shore up support with the LGBT community, as well. This new strategy is primarily symbolic. As Ben Shapiro point out in a tweet today, until we stop giving aid of any kind to Muslim countries, the president hasn’t really and truly made support for the human rights of LGBT members of society a fundamental foreign aid consideration.

In the meantime, I’d much rather see foreign aid go to the cause of religious liberty abroad. Ironically enough, that would help to ensure that the human rights of gays are respected, as well — but don’t expect to see The One become an evangelist for religious liberty. What key voters would that win over?


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Doesn’t this contradict his pro-Muslim campaign? I heard Iran doesn’t have any gay people.

Oil Can on December 6, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Waiting for Barky to say something unflattering about the treatment of gays by the Saudis, the Poh-kee-stahnees, the Iranians…

Cicero43 on December 6, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Perry, stop shooting that foot. You’ve almost blew it clean off. You do not get young voters and indies by alienating the gays. Unforced error.

andy85719 on December 6, 2011 at 6:58 PM

They had two “gay stories” on ABC Nightly News tonight. One was this story. The other was Lady Gaga going to the White House to meet with senior advisors to talk about her anti-bullying campaign, which frequently features gay kids getting bullied and sometimes committing suicide.

What do you bet there’s a relationship between Lady Gaga (with a following of millions), her appearance at the White House, and this initiative? It sounds like part of a larger effort to pander for votes for the Lady Gaga followers, and pump up her support for Obama.

Paul-Cincy on December 6, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Perry, stop shooting that foot. You’ve almost blew it clean off. You do not get young voters and indies by alienating the gays. Unforced error.

andy85719 on December 6, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Actually if his latest polling numbers in response to his faith ad are any indication – I think he knows exactly what he’s doing.

gophergirl on December 6, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Secure real rights for all and the rest will follow.
(Real rights being property, life/liberty, and association/expression)

Count to 10 on December 6, 2011 at 7:02 PM

I have a problem with this…

1. The State Department sneared at the Catholic Church’s influence in Poland…

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2011/09/wikileaks-u-s-embassy-sneered-about-catholic-influences-in-poland.php

2. The State Department actually helped organize Lady Gaga’s concert or whatever in Italy to promote gay marriage there.

3. There’s a huge amount of hypocrisy on the left with regard to be “culturally sensitive” when the State Department hosts gay rights parties at the embassy in Islamic countries and in the Balkans as such.

ninjapirate on December 6, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Barney Frank approves. If you look at the initial pushes Barney made legislatively, it involved allowing gay partners of American citizens to jump the line for citizenship. More of the same here. If they can be labelled as persecuted then viola! sanctuary will be offered.

DanMan on December 6, 2011 at 7:03 PM

“Presidential candidate Rick Perry quickly responded to the president’s PR ploy. Not surprisingly, Perry disapproved, as these excerpts from his statement illustrate:”

I predict a bump up in Perry’s poll numbers…

Seven Percent Solution on December 6, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Good thing we’ve got plenty O’ money to be doing this…..

Just remember, don’t criticize El Presidente Downgrade, you’ll hurt is feelings.

Chip on December 6, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money.

Special rights? Aren’t we talking about the right to assemble? The right to free speech?

Perry and Obama are both idiots – let’s try to make sure neither is President next time around.

MeatHeadinCA on December 6, 2011 at 7:11 PM

I predict a bump up in Perry’s poll numbers…
Seven Percent Solution on December 6, 2011 at 7:04 PM

This is the first thing he’s said to make me consider giving him a second look.

tommyboy on December 6, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Yes gopher, he is now in the high single digits.

andy85719 on December 6, 2011 at 7:12 PM

When is he gonna do the same for Christians persecuted by Muslims?

Akzed on December 6, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Great question. Heck, what about Muslims being gunned down in the streets of Iran?

Obama has a selective civil libertarian pov, I guess…

MeatHeadinCA on December 6, 2011 at 7:13 PM

…build respect for the human rights of LGBT persons.

Dreadful!

Pablo Honey on December 6, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Special rights? Aren’t we talking about the right to assemble? The right to free speech?

In some places yes… in other places(Poland and Italy) they’re actually pushing for gay marriage.

ninjapirate on December 6, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Teh gays are easy to please. Trust.

SouthernGent on December 6, 2011 at 7:15 PM

BTW, does Perry know that gays get a lot of rights in Israel?

MeatHeadinCA on December 6, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Yes gopher, he is now in the high single digits.

andy85719 on December 6, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Not the poll I was referring to.

gophergirl on December 6, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Barney Frank approves. If you look at the initial pushes Barney made legislatively, it involved allowing gay partners of American citizens to jump the line for citizenship. More of the same here. If they can be labelled as persecuted then viola! sanctuary will be offered.

DanMan on December 6, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Partners. Snort. This is exactly why the femina zis are always on a campaign to destroy traditional marriage. So they can make partners with someone by having a lust encounter of whatever duration.

The warm glow afterwards entitles the two people to claim to be partners and voila! a change in their fundamental nature. No legal responsibilities and more importantly, no legal way to prove or disprove the existence of statements about the partnership.

We are not gaining respect of other nations by doing crap like this.

And then there’s God, who has the last Word on bad behavior. But who is He to stand in the way of hot lust?

platypus on December 6, 2011 at 7:20 PM

…build respect for the human rights of LGBT persons.

Dreadful!

Pablo Honey on December 6, 2011 at 7:13 PM

I know! I know! (Now, if it had been Bush opposed to the public hanging of homosexuals from cranes in Iran, that would’ve been all right, but not if Obama does it.)

Tzetzes on December 6, 2011 at 7:20 PM

BTW, does Perry know that gays get a lot of rights in Israel?

MeatHeadinCA on December 6, 2011 at 7:16 PM

?

Count to 10 on December 6, 2011 at 7:21 PM

In some places yes… in other places(Poland and Italy) they’re actually pushing for gay marriage.

ninjapirate on December 6, 2011 at 7:14 PM

True. I saw your post above. But Obama’s official statement is not about pushing gay marriage. He’s talking about going to a legal gay rally or openly being gay.

Does Perry really want to suggest that this is stupid? There’s a lot of stupid applications of freedom of assembly and speech; but it would be nice to see the US still stand up for these rights.

MeatHeadinCA on December 6, 2011 at 7:21 PM

You can’t make this stuff up.

Mason on December 6, 2011 at 7:23 PM

…hot lust…

platypus on December 6, 2011 at 7:20 PM

XD

Tzetzes on December 6, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Doesn’t this contradict his pro-Muslim campaign? I heard Iran doesn’t have any gay people.

Oil Can on December 6, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Don’t ask questions. Don’t think. Just bow down and submit.

JellyToast on December 6, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Obama declares: “Let Operation Pink Pander Begin!”

Hyunchback on December 6, 2011 at 7:28 PM

but it does come across to me as almost painfully insincere on the president’s part

HEY! It’s election time. He’s in pander mode. And Barry loves “symbolism”. Substance is something entirely different.

GarandFan on December 6, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Doesn’t this contradict his pro-Muslim campaign? I heard Iran doesn’t have any gay people. Oil Can on December 6, 2011 at 6:56 PM

You are a homophobe to imply that the Religion of Peace would not welcome these folks (and Hollywood) into their space when they win. I find it comfort that me, a Catholic would be way after the gay/etal’s and Hollywood in sharia.

Dingbat63 on December 6, 2011 at 7:33 PM

That should make the gays here happy, since they think he has done nothing for them.

ramrants on December 6, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Most inner cities are majority black. Majority of blacks don’t like teh gays. Let’s top federal funding for “urban renewal projects”.

SouthernGent on December 6, 2011 at 7:36 PM

While I’m not a Perry supporter, he is correct on this as far as I am concerned.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 6, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Dear President Obama,

Could you please tell work for those rights in: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan….

If you are SERIOUS, Mr. President, you would have the guts to stand up to these Nations, too.

Because if you can’t, you are just a coward.

ajacksonian on December 6, 2011 at 7:38 PM

…it does come across to me as almost painfully insincere on the president’s part.

“Insincere” is the nicest way of putting it. This reeks of obvious pandering to a special interest group. A effort to appease “the base” before the election. I mean, dear gawd Obama is against gay marriage himself. Perhaps he shouldn’t be such a hypocrite.

Granted, gays in many places overseas don’t fare well in the “rights” department. Some African nations consider “gay” as a crime punishable by imprisonment. And I don’t need to mention Iran’s treatment of gays.

JetBoy on December 6, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Obama moves to show support for gay rights abroad

…while showing absolutely no interest in American Citizens’ rights at home!!

landlines on December 6, 2011 at 7:46 PM

The man is going Crazy Eddie on us in a big way.

karl9000 on December 6, 2011 at 7:47 PM

They are not gonna be happy until the entire world population is hooked up in one long train.

esnap on December 6, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Perry confirmed for hateful sack of shit.

triple on December 6, 2011 at 7:53 PM

So, I guess Obama’s ok with beastiality too?

On Monday, press secretary Jay Carney fielded an unusual question from World Net Daily reporter Lester Kinsolving.
Via White House website:

KINSOLVING: The Family Research Council and CNS News both reported a 93-to-7 U.S. Senate vote to approve a defense authorization bill that, quote, “includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, but also repeals the military ban on sex with animals, or bestiality.” Does the commander-in-chief approve or disapprove of beastiality in our armed forces?

CARNEY: I don’t have any comment on–I don’t have any comment on that. Let me go to another question.

KINSOLVING: Does the President believe this will be approved by all animal support groups, such as–

CARNEY: Let’s get to something more serious.

Paging PETA!

Rovin on December 6, 2011 at 7:53 PM

So, I guess Obama’s ok with beastiality too?

Sounds like he’s got the perv vote locked up.

tommyboy on December 6, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Paging PETA!

Rovin on December 6, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Considering the source, WND (or “birther central”) I’m not sold that there is a bestiality clause in this bill. If I’m wrong, and there is, I will apologize…but I don’t believe I am.

JetBoy on December 6, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Pity he’s not as vocal concerning the persecution, brutalizing and murder of Christians.

CPT. Charles on December 6, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Right because winning the presidency 44 times in a row, christians are sooo persecuted..

triple on December 6, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Perry confirmed for hateful sack of shit.

triple on December 6, 2011 at 7:53 PM

More people agree with Perry than with you. Btw: I’m for civil unions, ‘gay’ means happy-it has NOTHING to do with sex, and if someone does a Chastity Bono or decides to be a dude in a dress…there’s something serious wrong with them.
Even if you disagree-’LGBT’ issues shouldn’t even be on the radar right now. There are MUCH bigger priorities for the nation at this juncture.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 6, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Right because winning the presidency 44 times in a row, christians are sooo persecuted..

triple on December 6, 2011 at 7:59 PM

They didn’t win every single time

Tzetzes on December 6, 2011 at 8:18 PM

JetBoy on December 6, 2011 at 7:56 PM

No need to apologize JB, it just appears that when the Senate removed to language on sodomy, they also removed the the portion of the language on beastiality—most likely an oversight.

I think CNS News did get the story right.

Rovin on December 6, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Sort of OT ~ I am really getting sick of seeing and hearing Jane Lynch in a myriad of ads and voiceovers. That is all…

Fallon on December 6, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Sort of OT ~ I am really getting sick of seeing and hearing Jane Lynch in a myriad of ads and voiceovers. That is all…Fallon on December 6, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Who is Jane Lynch? TiVO/DVR will solve your problem. Which, BTW, is why I wonder what ad buys by candidates make a difference anymore?

Dingbat63 on December 6, 2011 at 8:25 PM

He’s unwilling to go on the record in support of gay “marriage” because he doesn’t want to alienate socially conservative Democrats, but he wants to shore up support with the LGBT community, as well.

Are the scare quotes around the word marriage really necessary. #sideeye

It's Vintage, Duh on December 6, 2011 at 8:26 PM

MeatHeadinCA on December 6, 2011 at 7:16 PM

My guess is that Perry doesn’t know many things.

It's Vintage, Duh on December 6, 2011 at 8:27 PM

More people agree with Perry than with you.

I wouldn’t doubt it. At least half the people in this country have below average intelligence.

triple on December 6, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Is “Triple” one of the few new employed? Is Troll a job category?

Dingbat63 on December 6, 2011 at 8:31 PM

I think to show his support for gay rights, our president should go f### himself on national television. I would like to tell him to do that.

NoDonkey on December 6, 2011 at 8:37 PM

I see Perry moving up a notch in the NOTROMNEY column.

landlines on December 6, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Rovin on December 6, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Gotcha…thanks for that link as well, I hadn’t seen this before.

JetBoy on December 6, 2011 at 8:38 PM

I didn’t realize that opposition to beating/killing homosexuals was antithetical to American values.

Interesting.

VerbumSap on December 6, 2011 at 9:04 PM

How is throwing money we don’t have at idiot governments the best way to tell them not to kill gays?

How about we just tell them that and not spend anything. Will be every bit as effective.

NoDonkey on December 6, 2011 at 9:07 PM

I wouldn’t doubt it. At least half the people in this country have below average intelligence.

triple on December 6, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Most of them think this gay-agenda nonsense is just fabulous.

BuckeyeSam on December 6, 2011 at 9:20 PM

LGBT community

they have a community? This is cross dressers or just the full operation changers? Aren’t they like .00000000000001% of the population? Not really a constituency there, I’m thinking he’s getting ready to make the change and doesn’t want to get bullied when he travels to Thailand to test out his new found lady boy skills.

Alden Pyle on December 6, 2011 at 10:48 PM

More people agree with Perry than with you. Btw: I’m for civil unions, ‘gay’ means happy-it has NOTHING to do with sex, and if someone does a Chastity Bono or decides to be a dude in a dress…there’s something serious wrong with them.
Even if you disagree-’LGBT’ issues shouldn’t even be on the radar right now. There are MUCH bigger priorities for the nation at this juncture.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 6, 2011 at 8:07 PM

The polls indicate that you are wrong about agreeing with Perry. And even if some people who hate gays are telling the pollsters how tolerant they are of gays, it would still be no matter. Young people have such overwhelmingly positive views of gays that demographically gay marriage is a done deal.

Anyway, lesbian and gay issues aren’t a small issue. It’s a huge issue because anti-gay laws, such as no gay marriage, are a heinous injustice. And because our only hope to avoid war with Islam is to moderate it. Lesbians and gays in the muslim world are vital conduit of tolerance into that culture. Hating gays will only get more of your relatives and friends killed in a future war with Islam.

thuja on December 6, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Well, Perry’s correct calling this out as a PR stunt.

After all, with all the human rights abuses happening, why focus exclusively on LGBT issues? What about women? What about the minority religions? What about slavery and indentured servitude?

Self-serving proclamations. That’s all he has left. Sad.

Phil-351 on December 6, 2011 at 10:55 PM

Imagine a presidential candidate said

“Of course I tolerate black people, but I in no way approve of the black lifestyle, and find it deeply objectionable.”

“I tolerate jews, but find the jew lifestyle deeply objectionable.”

etc. etc.

This is what pisses me off so much about that comment. Just the pure self-righteous ignorance.

triple on December 6, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Obama is a SCOAMF.

Alana on December 7, 2011 at 1:59 AM

This makes me want to give Perry another look

DaMav on December 7, 2011 at 5:00 AM

@thuja – “Young people have such overwhelmingly positive views of gays”… that they almost universally refer to something bad, weak, ugly, or moronic as “gay”

Do you ever listen to young people speak? lol, the government and elites don’t let ‘em talk like that in movies or on TV shows but sit down with a bunch of teens and open your ears. It’s ‘wow, that party was gay, nobody even came’, or ‘his shirt really sucks, it’s so gay’.

Despite a concerted effort to brainwash our children for the past two decades, most realize that homosexuality is a distinctly inferior condition and their speech reflects that reality more than their indifference to homosexual marriage. The state can force us to bow but can never make homosexuality legitimate.

DaMav on December 7, 2011 at 5:11 AM

1) Panderer-in-chief

2) How about extolling the rights of women? Like, maybe they should be able to walk to the market in their burqua without a male escort in Saudi Arabia…

Too consistent?

exliberal on December 7, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Despite a concerted effort to brainwash our children for the past two decades, most realize that homosexuality is a distinctly inferior condition and their speech reflects that reality more than their indifference to homosexual marriage. The state can force us to bow but can never make homosexuality legitimate.

DaMav on December 7, 2011 at 5:11 AM

Heh. Sounds like my kids and their friends. I just warn them to watch it vis a vis the zero tolerance in schools. Know what you believe, but regurgitate what they want to hear, so you don’t get in trouble.

In any case, you’ve pegged the truth, the libtards keep trying to brainwash our kids, but many aren’t swallowing the BS.

AH_C on December 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Right because winning the presidency 44 times in a row, christians are sooo persecuted..

triple on December 6, 2011 at 7:59 PM

your a troll aren’t you ? or are you just blind, deaf, and stupid ? Christianity has been under attack here in the good ole U.S. of A for atleast a decade now. how about the governments demands to have Christ removed from Christmas. Notice its no longer a Christmas tree its a “Holiday” tree…. yet no one has demanded the Jewish folk have a “Holiday” candle instead of a Menorahh. as a Christian woman i am repeatedly told i must hide my faith to avoid offending anyone , and yet muslims can parade through the city and get special breaks for prayer while at work. give me a break. The persocution is REAL and to many of us is quite tangible as well. Open your eyes and start thinking for your self or you will have no one else to blame but yourself when you are rendered into the category of leftist libtard trolls.

katee bayer on December 7, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Old and Busted: Radio Free Europe
The New Hotness: Bravo

kuro_shogun on December 7, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Does anyone else find it ironic that the first black president is engaging in blatant imperialistic colonialism: forcing “enlightened” western values on indigenous peoples who don’t want them? And besides that, it is clearly racist. Obama has decided that the votes and money of the gay community are more important than those of people of color. Nice.

senor on December 7, 2011 at 3:10 PM

So that’s what he meant by “leading from behind”.

LaserBeam on December 7, 2011 at 7:51 PM