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Hillary Clinton Urges State Department Employees to Let Teens Know It's Okay to Be Homosexual
CNS News ^ | 6/23/2010 | Penny Star

Posted on 06/23/2010 4:57:53 AM PDT by IbJensen

(CNSNews.com) – At an event celebrating Gay Pride Month on Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encouraged State Department employees to let teenagers know homosexuality is okay.

“We’ve come such a far distance in our own country, but there are still so many who need the outreach, need the mentoring, need the support to stand up and be who they are and then think about people in so many countries where it just seems impossible,” Clinton said.

“So I think that each and everyone of you, not only professionally, particularly from State and USAID and every bureau and every embassy and every part of our government have to do what you can to create that safe space, but also personally, to really look for those who might need a helping hand; particularly young people; particularly teenagers who still today have such a difficult time,” she added.

“And who, still in numbers far beyond what should ever happen, take their own life rather than live that life,” Clinton said at the event, billed as a human rights and U.S. foreign policy speech.

“So I would ask you to please think of ways you can be there for everyone who is making this journey,” Clinton said. “To defend not only human rights globally, but to truly defend themselves and their rights,” Clinton said.

Clinton’s remarks are part of a high-profile campaign by the Obama administration to mark Gay Pride Month with gatherings at various federal agencies, including the State Department on Tuesday. The Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have held similar events.

Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff, in her remarks to introduce Clinton said the Obama administration is “trying to change the world” and that it feels good “to be on the right side of change.”

Mills said Clinton has a “personal commitment” to the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community.

“Human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights, once and for all,” Clinton said. “So here at the State Department we will continue to advance a comprehensive human rights agenda that includes the elimination of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Clinton said that “agenda” must be advanced both around the world and at home.

“So as we continue to advance LGBT rights in other countries, we also must continually work to make sure we are advancing the agenda here,” Clinton said.

She closed her remarks by commenting on the significance of the gathering at the U.S. Department of State.

“And I thank you for being part of one of history’s great moments,” Clinton said.


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Anyone who would lead teenagers down the sodomy path of destruction needs to be aware of God's prepared place for their own abomination.

That perverted and mentally ull BO and his appointed minions have been unleashing massive destruction, from within, on our society, our institutions and our military. It is way beyond the time to excise him from misery: http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com

1 posted on 06/23/2010 4:57:59 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

well this should get her votes.


2 posted on 06/23/2010 4:59:54 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: IbJensen

She’s right about one thing: “We’ve come such a far distance in our own country.”


3 posted on 06/23/2010 5:02:24 AM PDT by 1951Boomer
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To: IbJensen
The why stop there, Hillary. What about those poor bestialitarians? What about their human rights?

And those poor necrophiliacs? Don't they have feelings too?

Gee Hillary...where's the love?

4 posted on 06/23/2010 5:03:21 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself...)
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To: dalebert
I forgot ..Obama made this month gay. (I am not anti gay..I am anti ramming gay down peoples throats. I keep my sexual preference to myself and think others should do the same)
5 posted on 06/23/2010 5:03:46 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: IbJensen

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:21)


6 posted on 06/23/2010 5:04:03 AM PDT by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward. (Anonyous)
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To: IbJensen
"Clinton has a “personal commitment” to the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community."

Yeah, like the world's worst kept secret...

7 posted on 06/23/2010 5:05:07 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: IbJensen

I think it’s entirely possible that she’s gotten more p#ssy than Bill over the years.


8 posted on 06/23/2010 5:07:24 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Man is not free unless government is limited.)
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You know, just one day I would like to wake up and not read about some perversion, incompetence or stupidity from this ignorant, no-talent a$$ clown’s collection of scumbags.

Now THAT would be historical, unprecedented, and unexpected.


9 posted on 06/23/2010 5:07:30 AM PDT by Common Sense 101
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To: IbJensen

The only way they can replenish their numbers is by recruitment..................


10 posted on 06/23/2010 5:08:40 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. He's just some guy in the neighborhood.............)
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To: IbJensen
The Hildabeast is actually advocating that older homosexuals and lesbians inside the federal government "cruise" on government time.

Just look at what she said in that light: "..................to really look for those who might need a helping hand; particularly young people; particularly teenagers who still today have such a difficult time......"

11 posted on 06/23/2010 5:08:55 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: IbJensen
>"Let Teens Know It's Okay to Be Homosexual"

That'th right thweety. We're jutht like everybody elthe


12 posted on 06/23/2010 5:09:33 AM PDT by scoobysnak71 (Never argue with stupid people. They drag you down to their level and win through experience.)
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To: Common Sense 101
just one day I would like to wake up and not read about some perversion, incompetence or stupidity from this ignorant, no-talent a$$ clown’s collection of scumbags.

Alas, today is not the day.

13 posted on 06/23/2010 5:16:01 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: IbJensen

We have the most unqualified chief executive in our history, matched by the most unqualified Secretary of State, not to mention the most unqualified VP, the most unqualifed Homeland Security Secretary, Attorney General, etc etc......


14 posted on 06/23/2010 5:16:47 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: IbJensen

The Sociopath of State speaks. Take notice dead-end gang.


15 posted on 06/23/2010 5:17:13 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Common Sense 101

I’m so with you. But at this point in time, the only way to accomplish that is to not read anything, turn on the tv or the radio for the day. I shudder to think how much lower this administration can sink.


16 posted on 06/23/2010 5:19:47 AM PDT by greatplains
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To: IbJensen
It is very sad that the message is "it's ok to be gay" instead of "be who you are and get on with your life". The unfortunate thing about it is the focus, focus, focus, on sexuality and the message that sex is THE most important thing in life.

Many things would be different in this world if parents and society would promote the satisfaction of leading an honest and selfless life.

17 posted on 06/23/2010 5:27:48 AM PDT by LoveUSA (What are we waiting for?)
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If they can’t reproduce, where are they coming from? We seem to be overrun with them.


18 posted on 06/23/2010 5:31:14 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (No matter where you go there are always more stupid people.)
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To: IbJensen

So the Church, established millennia ago on the basis of Faith, is inadequate to the task of imposing morality, but the State, well documented as inept in everything it touches, is capable?


19 posted on 06/23/2010 5:31:30 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: IbJensen

It's a great day to be gay!!

20 posted on 06/23/2010 5:31:40 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: IbJensen

Yes, my children.

Here is the direction that Hillary and her fellow travelers on the nihilist/hedonist train are headed.

It’s okay to be an adulterer.

It’s okay to be a fornicator.

It’s okay to be gay.

It’s okay to be a polygamist, serial or parallel.

It’s okay to be a polyamorist.

It’s okay to be a pedophile.

It’s okay to be a necrophile.

It’s okay to be bestial.

It’s okay to smoke pot.

It’s okay to snort coke.

It’s okay to smoke crack.

It’s okay to shoot heroine.

And when you can no longer find a new thrill to experience, it’s okay to blow your head off.

If it feels good, do it.

If it’s a thrill, do it.

Hey, it’s even a thrill to watch people die.

Go for it!


21 posted on 06/23/2010 5:41:48 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: 1951Boomer
she has the same ideology as Obama --

When Hillary Rodham Clinton questioned rival Barack Obama's ties to 1960s radicals, her comments baffled two retired Bay Area lawyers who knew Clinton in the summer of 1971 when she worked as an intern at a left-wing law firm in Oakland, Calif., that defended communists and Black Panthers.

"She's a hypocrite," Doris B. Walker, 89, who was a member of the American Communist Party, said in an interview last week. "She had to know who we were and what kinds of cases we were handling. We had a very left-wing reputation, including civil rights, constitutional law, racist problems."

link

22 posted on 06/23/2010 6:00:41 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: IbJensen

Where is Huma?


23 posted on 06/23/2010 6:08:04 AM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: IbJensen

She is going to get people killed. Other countries are not as tolerant and they kill gay people. Telling kids to come out is going to result in them dying. What on earth is wrong with her.


24 posted on 06/23/2010 6:11:31 AM PDT by McGavin999 (I'm sorry, your race card is overdrawn and no further charges can be accepted)
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To: IbJensen

bookmark.


25 posted on 06/23/2010 6:21:23 AM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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She is going to get people killed. Other countries are not as tolerant and they kill gay people. Telling kids to come out is going to result in them dying. What on earth is wrong with her.

Exactly. The U.S. Secretary of State just told U.S. Embassy personnel in other countries to promote homosexuality among teens in those countries, solely so she could use her "international recommendation" for political props amongst the Rats for electoral purposes.

I don't care what you think about gays, that's an issue of major international significance coming from a person in her position.

Other countries need to tell her to mind her own damn business - and ask just what the United States intends to to to them if they feel insulted, let alone invaded, by the US SoS's personalized tagging of their teenagers.

Jeez, the staggering stupidity of this woman continues to surprise me, and I should know by now...

26 posted on 06/23/2010 6:40:56 AM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: McGavin999
What on earth is wrong with her.

She is a piece of trash that is a serious danger, along with her husband thingy, to this nation.

27 posted on 06/23/2010 8:46:34 AM PDT by IbJensen ((Ps 109.8): "Let his days be few; and let another take his position.")
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To: 1951Boomer

She ain’t noways tard!


28 posted on 06/23/2010 8:47:43 AM PDT by IbJensen ((Ps 109.8): "Let his days be few; and let another take his position.")
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill
Where is Huma?

The last she was seen was on a picnic in Marcy Park with Hitlery, her little Derringer and a picnic basket full of Snap-On-Tools.

29 posted on 06/23/2010 8:51:54 AM PDT by IbJensen ((Ps 109.8): "Let his days be few; and let another take his position.")
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To: Past Your Eyes
If they can’t reproduce, where are they coming from?

They reproduce by molesting children of the same sex.

30 posted on 06/23/2010 10:05:28 AM PDT by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: IbJensen

Video url to go with post no. 1:

http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/checker.aspx?v=Xd2GSU6UaG

“Hillary to State Dept. Employees: Tell Teens It’s Okay to be Gay”


31 posted on 06/23/2010 10:14:57 PM PDT by Cindy
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Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the Department of Justice’s 2010 Lesbian, Gay...
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Posted on June 23, 2010 1:54:12 AM PDT by Cindy

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Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the Department of Justice’s 2010 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month Program

Washington, D.C. ~ Monday, June 21, 2010

Good morning. Thank you, Chris [Hook], for your kind words and for all the work that you, Marc [Salans], the Board of DOJ Pride and our EEO staff team have done in organizing today’s ceremony. It’s a pleasure to join Tom [Perez] in welcoming so many members of the Justice Department family, and so many distinguished guests, here today as we commemorate LGBT Pride Month. I’m glad that Senator [Amy] Klobuchar and Director [John] Clark are with us. And I want to congratulate Chris [Hook] and this year’s other award recipients, Councilmember [David] Catania and Attorney General [Doug] Gansler, on their achievements and contributions. I also want to thank our keynote speakers – Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, and Sharon Lubinski, U.S. Marshal for the District of Minnesota – for sharing their thoughts and stories with us and for providing an example of service for us all.

We have much to celebrate today. In the year since we last gathered, our nation – and the Justice Department – have taken steps to address some of the unique challenges faced by members of our country’s LGBT community. As you all know, up until last fall, there was not a single line in the nearly 225-year history of the U.S. Code that referred explicitly to gender identity. Today, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act – which the President signed into law last October – does just that, finally protecting our nation’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals from the most brutal forms of bias-motivated violence.

In another important development, in April of this year, the Justice Department concluded that the Violence Against Women Act covers, and more importantly protects, same sex partners. And, just several weeks ago, as part of the department’s, and the Administration’s, commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion, I announced a new Diversity Management Plan and the appointment of Channing Phillips as Deputy Associate Attorney General for Diversity. With this initiative, and with Channing’s leadership, we’re working to ensure that the Department can effectively recruit, hire, retain, and develop a workforce that reflects our nation’s rich diversity, a Department that welcomes and encourages the contributions of its LGBT employees.

I’m grateful for the assistance and guidance that so many of you have given. Our progress would not have been possible without your contributions. And while we have meaningful achievements to celebrate today, we must remember how much more work we have to do to transform today’s opportunities into tomorrow’s successes. Too many of the challenges that confronted the LGBT community 16 years ago – when DOJ Pride was founded – confront us still today. Too many of the same obstacles that existed then remain for us to overcome. Too many talented men and women cannot, in the words of this year’s motto, “serve openly, with pride.”

With your help and engagement, we’re working to ensure that the Justice Department lives up to its responsibility to provide a work environment where every employee is respected and given an equal opportunity to thrive. That’s the goal we share and the achievement we’ll keep working toward - together.

Thank you.


32 posted on 06/23/2010 10:18:22 PM PDT by Cindy
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Previously...


THE HILL.com - Blog Briefing Room: "White House Applauds Pardon of Malawi Gay Couple Facing Prison Term" (May 29, 2010, 3:37 pm)

Whitehouse.gov: "Presidential Proclamation - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month" (May 28, 2010)

Whitehouse.gov: "Statement by the President on Votes to Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'" (May 27, 2010)

Whitehouse.gov: "Remarks by the President at Human Rights Campaign Dinner" (SNIPPET: "Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let's say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he's held as long as he can remember. Soon, perhaps, he will decide it's time to let that secret out. What happens next depends on him...") (October 10, 2009)

33 posted on 06/23/2010 10:20:19 PM PDT by Cindy
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www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse

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“LGBT Pride Reception”

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Home • Briefing Room • Speeches & Remarks

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 22, 2010
Remarks by the President at LGBT Pride Month Reception

East Room

6:16 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, hello, hello! (Applause.) Hello, everybody! (Applause.) I was going to say welcome to the White House — but you guys seem like you feel right at home. (Laughter.) You don’t need me to tell you — it’s the people’s house.

A couple of acknowledgements that I want to make very quickly — first of all, our Director of the Office of Personnel Management, who has just done an extraordinary job across the government — give John Berry a big round of applause. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: All right, John!

THE PRESIDENT: All right, John! (Laughter.)

Our chair of the Export/Import Bank, helping to bring jobs here to the United States of America — Fred Hochberg. (Applause.) Our chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, doing outstanding work each and every day — Nancy Sutley. Where is she? (Applause.) Nancy is a little vertically challenged, but I see her over there. (Laughter.)

We’ve got here a trailblazer for federal appointees — we are so proud of her — Ms. Roberta Achtenberg is here. Give Roberta a big round of applause. (Applause.) And then I understand we’ve got a terrific country singer — Chely Wright is in the house. (Applause.)

In addition — I know they had to leave because they had votes, but you guys obviously don’t have just fiercer warriors on your behalf than a couple of our openly gay and lesbian members of Congress — Tammy Baldwin and Jared Polis. (Applause.) They are openly terrific. (Laughter.) They do great work.

And it is also great to have so many activists and organizers from around the country — folks who fight every day for the rights of parents and children and partners and citizens to be treated equally under the law. And so we are very proud of all of you. (Applause.)

Oh, and by the way, the guy standing next to me — this is Joe Biden. (Applause.) Just because he’s a Phillies fan — he’s from Delaware. (Laughter.)

Now, look, the fact that we’ve got activists here is important because it’s a reminder that change never comes — or at least never begins in Washington. It begins with acts of compassion -– and sometimes defiance -– across America. It begins when ordinary people –- out of love for a mother or a father, son or daughter, or husband or wife -– speak out against injustices that have been accepted for too long. And it begins when these impositions of conscience start opening hearts that had been closed, and when we finally see each other’s humanity, whatever our differences.

Now, this struggle is as old as America itself. It’s never been easy. But standing here, I am hopeful. One year ago, in this room, we marked the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall protests. (Applause.) Some of you were here, and you may remember that I pledged then that even at a time when we faced enormous challenges both on the economy and in our foreign policy, that we would not put aside matters of basic equality. And we haven’t.

We’ve got a lot of hard work that we still have to do, but we can already point to extraordinary progress that we’ve made over the past year on behalf of Americans who are gay and lesbian, bisexual and transgender.

Just stay with me here for a second. Last year, I met with Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard’s mom, and I promised her that after a decade’s-long struggle, we would pass inclusive hate crimes legislation. I promised that in the name of her son we would ensure that the full might of the law is brought down on those who would attack somebody just because they are gay. And less than six months later, with Judy by my side, we marked the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act. It’s now the law of the land. (Applause.)

Just a few moments ago, I met with Janice Langbehn and her children. Where did Janice go? There they are right there. And when Janice’s partner of 18 years, Lisa, suddenly collapsed because of an aneurysm, Janice and the couple’s three kids were denied the chance to comfort their partner and their mom — barred from Lisa’s bedside. It was wrong. It was cruel. And in part because of their story, I instructed my Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, to make sure that any hospital that’s participating in Medicare or Medicaid -– that means most hospitals — (laughter) — allow gay and lesbian partners the same privileges and visitation rights as straight partners. (Applause.)

After I issued that memorandum, I called Janice and I told her the news. And before we came out here today, I wanted to make sure that I had followed up — Secretary Sebelius will officially be proposing this regulation. And I can also announce that the Secretary has sent a letter today asking these hospitals to adopt these changes now -– even before the rule takes effect. (Applause.) Nothing can undo the hurt that her — that Janice’s family has experienced. And nothing can undo the pain felt by countless others who’ve been through a similar ordeal –- for example, Charlene Strong is here. She lost her wife, Kate Fleming — and Charlene is here along with Kate’s mom, who said on behalf of all mothers, thank you. Because we think it’s the right thing to do. (Applause.)

In addition, I’ve issued an executive order[SIC]* to extend as many partnership benefits to gay and lesbian federal employees as possible under current law. And I’m going to continue to fight to change the law: to guarantee gay federal employees the exact same benefits as straight employees -– including access to health insurance and retirement plans. (Applause.) And in an announcement today, the Department of Labor made clear that under the Family and Medical Leave Act, same-sex couples –- as well as others raising children -– are to be treated like the caretakers that they are. (Applause.)

Because I believe in committed — I believe that committed gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple in this country, I have called for Congress to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. (Applause.) We are pushing hard to pass an inclusive employee non-discrimination bill. (Applause.) No one in America should be fired because they’re gay. It’s not right, it’s not who we are as Americans, and we are going to put a stop to it.

And finally, we’re going to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. (Applause.) That is a promise I made as a candidate. It is a promise that I reiterated as President. It’s one that this administration is going to keep. Now, the only way to lock this in -– the only way to get the votes in Congress to roll back this policy — is if we work with the Pentagon, who are in the midst of two wars.

And that’s why we were gratified to see, for the first time ever, the Secretary of Defense, Bob Gates, testify in favor of repeal. And the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mike Mullen, has repeatedly and passionately argued for allowing gay men and women to serve honestly in the military. (Applause.) We know that forcing gay and lesbian soldiers to live a lie or to leave the military, that doesn’t contribute to our security — it harms our security.

And thanks to Patrick Murphy and others, for the first time in history, the House has passed a repeal that would allow gay men and women to openly serve in our armed forces. And this repeal is authored so that the Pentagon can complete its review of the policy — which is critical, by the way, not only to passage, but it’s also critical to making sure that the change is accepted and implemented effectively. In the Senate, the Armed Services Committee has approved repeal for the first time, and the full body is poised to vote soon.

So here’s the bottom line: We have never been closer to ending this discriminatory policy. And I’m going to keep on fighting until that bill is on my desk and I can sign it. (Applause.)

Of course, ultimately, change is about more than just policies in our government. And that’s why I want to close by recognizing all the young people who are here -– I had a chance to take a bunch of pictures with them, just really impressive folks who are advocating on their behalf. I know there are some in the audience who have experienced pain in their lives, who at times have been — felt like outcasts, who have been scorned or bullied, and I know that there are families here on behalf of loved ones who are no longer with us, some in part because of the particularly difficult challenges that gay men and women still face.

This is a reminder that we all have an obligation to ensure that no young person is ever made to feel worthless or alone — ever. Now, at the same time, I think there’s plenty of reason to have some hope for many of the young people including those who are here today. They’ve shown incredible courage and incredible integrity — standing up for who they are. They’ve refused to be anything less than themselves.

And we all remember being young — sort of. (Laughter.) But it’s not easy. It’s not easy standing up all the time and being who you are. But they’re showing us the way forward. These young people are helping to build a more perfect union, a nation where all of us are equal; each of us is free to pursue our own versions of happiness.

And I believe because of them that the future is bright. It’s certainly bright for them. Of course, it does depend on all of us. It depends on the efforts of government and the activism of ordinary citizens like yourselves. It depends on the love of families and the support of communities. And I want you all to know that as this work continues, I’m going to be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with you, fighting by your side every step of the way. (Applause.)

So, thank you. God bless you. God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

END 6:29 P.M. EDT
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*Clarification: The President signed a Presidential Memorandum on June 2, to extend benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees. Click HERE to view the memo on whitehouse.gov.

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Home • Briefing Room • Presidential Actions • Presidential Memoranda

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 02, 2010
Presidential Memorandum-Extension of Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Federal Employees

MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

SUBJECT: Extension of Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Federal Employees

For far too long, many of our Government’s hard-working, dedicated LGBT employees have been denied equal access to the basic rights and benefits their colleagues enjoy. This kind of systemic inequality undermines the health, well-being, and security not just of our Federal workforce, but also of their families and communities. That is why, last June, I directed the heads of executive departments and agencies (agencies), in consultation with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), to conduct a thorough review of the benefits they provide and to identify any that could be extended to LGBT employees and their partners and families. Although legislative action is necessary to provide full equality to LGBT Federal employees, the agencies have identified a number of benefits that can be extended under existing law. OPM, in consultation with the Department of Justice, has provided me with a report recommending that all of the identified benefits be extended.

Accordingly, I hereby direct the following:

Section 1. Immediate Actions To Extend Benefits. Agencies should immediately take the following actions, consistent with existing law, in order to extend benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of Federal employees, and, where applicable, to the children of same-sex domestic partners of Federal employees:

(a) The Director of OPM should take appropriate action to:

(i) clarify that the children of employees’same-sex domestic partners fall within the definition of “child” for purposes of Federal child-care subsidies, and, where appropriate, for child-care services;

(ii) clarify that, for purposes of employee assistance programs, same-sex domestic partners and their children qualify as “family members”;

(iii) issue a proposed rule that would clarify that employees’ same-sex domestic partners qualify as “family members” for purposes of noncompetitive appointments made pursuant to Executive Order 12721 of July 30, 1990;

(iv) issue a proposed rule that would add a Federal retiree’s same-sex domestic partner to the list of individuals presumed to have an insurable interest in the employee pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 8339(k)(1), 8420;

(v) clarify that under appropriate circumstances, employees’ same-sex domestic partners and their children qualify as dependents for purposes of evacuation payments made under 5 U.S.C. 5522-5523;

(vi) amend its guidance on implementing President Clinton’s April 11, 1997, memorandum to heads of executive departments and agencies on “Expanded Family and Medical Leave Policies” to specify that the 24 hours of unpaid leave made available to Federal employees in connection with (i) school and early childhood educational activities; (ii) routine family medical purposes; and (iii) elderly relatives’ health or care needs, may be used to meet the needs of an employee’s same-sex domestic partner or the same-sex domestic partner’s children; and

(vii) clarify that employees’ same-sex domestic partners qualify as dependents for purposes of calculating the extra allowance payable under 5 U.S.C. 5942a to assist employees stationed on Johnston Island, subject to any limitations applicable to spouses.

(b) The Administrator of General Services should take appropriate action to amend the definitions of “immediate family” and “dependent” appearing in the Federal Travel Regulations, 41 C.F.R. Chs. 300-304, to include same-sex domestic partners and their children, so that employees and their domestic partners and children can obtain the full benefits available under applicable law, including certain travel, relocation, and subsistence payments.

(c) All agencies offering any of the benefits specified by OPM in implementing guidance under section 3 of this memorandum, including credit union membership, access to fitness facilities, and access to planning and counseling services, should take all appropriate action to provide the same level of benefits that is provided to employees’ spouses and their children to employees’ same-sex domestic partners and their children.

(d) All agencies with authority to provide benefits to employees outside of the context of title 5, United States Code should take all appropriate actions to ensure that the benefits being provided to employees’ spouses and their children are also being provided, at an equivalent level wherever permitted by law, to their employees’ same-sex domestic partners and their children.

Sec. 2. Continuing Obligation To Provide New Benefits. In the future, all agencies that provide new benefits to the spouses of Federal employees and their children should, to the extent permitted by law, also provide them to the same-sex domestic partners of their employees and those same-sex domestic partners’ children. This section applies to appropriated and nonappropriated fund instrumentalities of such agencies.

Sec. 3. Monitoring and Guidance. The Director of OPM shall monitor compliance with this memorandum, and may instruct agencies to provide the Director with reports on the status of their compliance, and prescribe the form and manner of such reports. The Director of OPM shall also issue guidance to ensure consistent and appropriate implementation.

Sec. 4. Reporting. By April 1, 2011, and annually thereafter, the Director of OPM shall provide the President with a report on the progress of the agencies in implementing this memorandum until such time as all recommendations have been appropriately implemented.

Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) Except as expresslystated herein, nothing in this memorandum shall be construedto impair or otherwise affect:

(i) authority granted by law or Executive Orderto an agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) functions of the Director of the Officeof Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) 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.

Sec. 6. Publication. The Director of OPM is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

BARACK OBAMA


34 posted on 06/23/2010 10:22:33 PM PDT by Cindy
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35 posted on 06/23/2010 10:24:39 PM PDT by Cindy
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SNIPPET from post no. 1:


"“Human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights, once and for all,” Clinton said. “So here at the State Department we will continue to advance a comprehensive human rights agenda that includes the elimination of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Clinton said that “agenda” must be advanced both around the world and at home.

“So as we continue to advance LGBT rights in other countries, we also must continually work to make sure we are advancing the agenda here,” Clinton said."

36 posted on 06/23/2010 10:28:04 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: IbJensen

Hillary is really stupid. She could quit the adminstration after the midterms and position herself as a centrist and present quite a challenge to Barry in 2012, but she’s blowing it by wading into these things that have nothing to do with State.


37 posted on 06/23/2010 10:28:56 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: Cindy; 185JHP; AFA-Michigan; Abathar; Agitate; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; Antoninus; Aquinasfan; ...
Homosexual Agenda Ping

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More on Hitlery Klinton's worldwide "gay outreach" - now teenagers in all countries are supposed to choose perversion happily. Teenagers. All countries. She has a "personal commitment" to the cause of sexual perversion. The insanity is accelerating, and keep in mind - this is all on OUR DIME! Cindy has some very good info about what a "good friend" 0thugga has been to homosexuals and their ultra-destructive agenda.

38 posted on 06/23/2010 10:31:03 PM PDT by little jeremiah
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She is a contemptible, lesbian jackass who, with her head continuously bobbing as she chews her way through a vomit-inducing babble, drones on about the joys of perversity.

The entire Obozo cabinet and their evil little typewriting trolls need to be shackled, thrust into orange suits and escorted out of their White House rat holes to spend the rest of their useless lives at extremely hard labor.


39 posted on 06/24/2010 4:56:51 AM PDT by IbJensen ((Ps 109.8): "Let his days be few; and let another take his position.")
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You don’t need me to tell you — it’s the people’s house.

Like bloody hell it's the 'peoples house'. It's now home to the disgustingly perverted gaggle that this degenerate has surrounded her fat a$$ with.

40 posted on 06/24/2010 5:00:05 AM PDT by IbJensen ((Ps 109.8): "Let his days be few; and let another take his position.")
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To: Ol' Sparky

That, and by creating social and political environments that practically criminalize masculinity, replace marriage with “sexual self-expression,” and above all insisting that personal choice is the highest virtue of all.


41 posted on 06/24/2010 8:13:56 AM PDT by sthguard (The DNC theme song: "All You Need is Guv")
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