Skip to comments.Clinton Celebrating State Departmentís 'Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies'
Posted on 11/28/2012 8:39:16 AM PST by IbJensen
(CNSNews.com) As she approaches the end of her tenure as Americas top diplomat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday will address an event in keeping with her active role in promoting benefits for homosexuals in the foreign service.
Clinton will deliver remarks at a State Department event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the launch of an organization representing gays and lesbians at the State Department, USAID and other government agencies that send employees abroad.
According to its website, the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) was established by fewer than a dozen employees who faced official harassment simply because of their sexual orientation.
From those early beginnings two decades ago it has become in the words of a State Department release Tuesday the State Departments officially recognized employee affinity group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees.
Today, under the leadership of Secretary Clinton, LGBT employees at the State Department and their families have a level of benefits and recognition never before seen in foreign affairs agencies of the U.S. government, the statement said.
Most notably, Secretary Clinton is responsible for the extension of the full range of legally available benefits and allowances to same-sex domestic partners of Foreign Service members serving overseas.
In June 2009 President Obama issued a memorandum extending to the same-sex partners of federal employees many of the benefits enjoyed by the spouses of their heterosexual colleagues.
Prevented by law from extending all available benefits to same-sex partners, Obama also voiced support for legislation in the U.S. House and Senate aimed at achieving that goal. (The bills did not proceed that year, and successor legislation has not progressed beyond a Senate committee vote in support last May.)
Two days after Obamas memorandum, Clinton extended eligible family member (EFM) status to same-sex domestic partners of department employees sent to serve abroad. EFM status brings benefits including housing, education, medical services and travel to post.
The State Department also pledged to work with foreign governments to provide same-sex partners with diplomatic visas, privileges and immunities.
The department says GLIFAA was instrumental in encouraging the EFM shift.
Prior to that move, same-sex partners had fallen under the members of household category, ineligible for education allowances, medical services or and travel expenses.
Clintons EFM change impacted employees like the U.S. Consul General in Osaka, Japan, Patrick Linehan, whose official online biography says is married to a Brazilian man, Emerson Kanegusuke. (Mr. Linehan and Mr. Kanegusuke live in Nishinomiya, Japan. They have two beagles.)
When Linehan was deployed to Osaka in August 2011 from his previous posting in Seoul, the federal government paid for Kanegusukes travel costs, he told a Japanese newspaper last January.
Under Clinton the State Department has also made promotion of LGBT issues a foreign policy priority, particularly at the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, where the U.S. in June 2011 co-sponsored the first-ever resolution adopted by the U.N. on the human rights of LGBT people.
The measure passed by 23-19 votes, with the 47-member council largely split between Western and Latin American countries in favor, and Muslim and African countries opposed.
(Homosexual acts are crimes carrying the death penalty in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Mauritania, Sudan, Yemen and Nigerias sharia-governed northern states, while several countries in Africa and Asia have laws provide for imprisonment of 10 years or more for homosexuality.)
In a keynote Human Rights Day-themed speech in Geneva six months later, Clinton addressed what she called one of the remaining human rights challenges of our times LGBT rights and argued that religious beliefs and cultural values do not justify the failure to uphold the human rights of homosexuals and lesbians.
Last February, while hosting a live online chat on the administrations LGBT foreign policy initiative, a State Department official said the focus was on advocating human rights for LGBT people, rather than as suggested by a questioner promoting gay rights.
The campaign has not always gone smoothly. When the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and GLIFAA co-hosted a LGBT pride celebration in July 2011 a radical Islamist party organized protest rallies in several cities, demanding that the Pakistani government act, in line with the countrys laws.
Pakistans Penal Code outlaws what it describes as carnal intercourse against the order of nature.
This fat little lesbo, clad in her trousers, marching across the stages of the world does, indeed, look like 'daddy's little man.'
The love affair that many politicians have with these nasties makes the USA appear highly stupid in the eyes of the world.
Send some more queers to our embassies in muslim nations and see how much crap you can stir up Hitlery!
Well there is one fewer since Benghazi. I wonder why they wanted him dead.
You are correct!...Liberals make America look very stupid!
May they all be sent to serve in Muslim controlled countries as, after all it is a religion of peace! Right?
ANYTHING for a vote. Clinton, back where he belongs, in the gutter.
Good question. Gays & Les biens are particularly popular in Muslim countries, aren’t they?
Too bad Ambassador Stevens couldn’t make it.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) event in Washingon in June 2011. (Photo: U.S. Mission to the UN, Geneva)
Perhaps the ambassador had access to some secrets about Hitlery's Department of Steak. He learned that she was going to completely fill the ranks of the DOS with wierdos.
She should say that we aren’t sending any more to countries overrun by bearded savages cuz they kill gays.
Did Hillary count herself?
The Sodomite-in-Chief could probably answer that question. Rumor has it that they hung out while Michelle and the girls were back in Chicago when it was Senator Soetoro.
Righht. Send a lesbian ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Bring her girl friend to live in the consolate. I’m sure they would be delighted.
I guess the Benghazi hearings will have to wait..
Thats a great idea...and advertize their arrivals in the local press. I am sure the Muslims will see the error of their ways and gladly embrace these people and become enlightened.
Is theire no end to our depravity?
Remember the report that he was sodomized before being killed? I always wonder if that was really true.
Around the world, these diplomats will be endangered by this stupid administrations so called progressiveness.
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Who would have believed even ten years ago that the message of the US to the countries of the world was "EMBRACE SODOMY AND PERVERSION!!!!" It's so beyond vile and despicable - the tide is going to turn, one way or another. Our country is now officially promoting and glorifying perversion all over the world using our tax money. Instead of America giving the message of inalienable rights and freedom, our country is delivering the nastiest, ugliest, most perverted and hateful messages imaginable. It can't last, and how it crashes and changes will be interesting to watch. Remember the extreme decadence in Germany in the 1930s.
Is Susan Rice another pervert?