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John Kerry apologizes to LGBT for what he calls decades of prejudice

January 10, 2017 at 6:55 am 67 News
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WASHINGTON (UPI) — On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Secretary John F. Kerry formally apologized Monday to the American gay and transgender community for decades of open witch-hunting the agency conducted in the mid-20th century.

The diplomatic agency brazenly weeded lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees out of the department, beginning in the 1940s, in a mass firing movement that came to be associated with the “Lavender Scare” — a play on the term “Red Scare,” which described U.S. fear of communism around the same time.

For members of the gay community, also known under the acronyms LGBTQ and LGBTI, the period marked a time when they were systematically outcast by their government and grouped-in with the much-feared communists and sympathizers of the time.

“Throughout my career … I have stood strongly in support of the LGBTI community, recognizing that respect for human rights must include respect for all individuals,” Kerry said in his written apology Monday. “LGBTI employees serve as proud members of the State Department and valued colleagues dedicated to the service of our country.”

Hundreds of gay federal employees were ousted from all branches of government during the Lavender Scare, as officials believed homosexuals were risks to national security and/or communist sympathizers. President Dwight Eisenhower even barred gays from federal employment entirely with Executive Order 10450 in 1953.

Such government-sanctioned discrimination lasted until the 1970s — and still-biased language in Eisenhower’s order wasn’t fully removed until 1995 by President Bill Clinton, who also went on to bar all federal discrimination based in sexual orientation three years later.

“For the past several years, the department has pressed for the families of LGBTI officers to have the same protections overseas as families of other officers,” Kerry continued. “In 2015, to further promote [gay] rights throughout the world, I appointed the first ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons.

“On behalf of the Department, I apologize to those who were impacted by the practices of the past and reaffirm the Department’s steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion for all our employees, including members of the LGBTI community.”

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., wrote to Kerry last month asking for the apology — before the administration of President Barack Obama, which has spurred substantial LGBTI progress, including the legalization of same-sex marriage, is replaced with Donald Trump’s.

“To date there has been no public acknowledgment or apology by the department or U.S. government for this history of discrimination, and the grave injustice done to these State Department employees” Cardin wrote.

“[The discriminatory] actions were wrong then, just as they would be wrong today,” Kerry said Monday.

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  1. capricorn1 January 10, 2017 at 7:58 am

    john kerry is a effn disgrace to his office and the u.s.a.
    the liberal mindset is a one way street to hell.

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    • inluminatuo January 10, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Kerry’s only apology should be for enabling the societal and sexual confusion that to this day continues to rob they and America of productive sexually safe lifestyles, thereby depopulating in non-productive coitus, the human capital needed to sustain the dishonest Ponzi schemes his party proffered, financially based of an ever increasing human American population. They offer the hope of successful socialism, with programs based on an ever increasing population, then defund the human capital needed to sustain it through abortion and unproductive sex. They offer only the pleasure, and someone ELSE always pays for the socialist mistake. Would that their deceptive Socialism was just the equal distribution of poverty,,,,,no, it is the diminution of all things productive based on false promises unfulfilled, paid for by generations yet unborn, much of which thanks to the Secular unnatural Liberal Socialists, will NEVER be born. Kerry and Obama’s decades of prejudice against sane human production and workable solutions is what should be apologized for. Lost human capital spent on loose Liberal Pleasure that will never walk the planet earth, a planet in America where the environment of health and birth have been scorched by their mindless unworkable societal insanity that produced nothing but lost hope, gender division, rampant sexual disease, and moral poverty. You are indeed a sorry soul John.

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    • wilhelm1 January 10, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Kerry needs to shut his pie hole and just go away. Useless idiot.

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    • Henry05 January 10, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Very Nice! When is the traitor going to apologize to the Vietnam veterans for the outright lies he said about them? He should slip into something
      more comfortable….like a coma.

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      usafoldsarge January 10, 2017 at 11:14 am

      GREAT write illum- henry05, a casket would be more comfortable, would it not???

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    • pm5200 January 10, 2017 at 11:42 am

      I agree John Kerry is a disgrace. No reason for too apologize to that bunch of perverted brainless idiots. The LGBTQ’s have a problem with nature.

      Anyone with half a brain should know that nature teaches us how things are supposed to work. I just don’t know how people can reconcile that lifestyle with
      nature shows how this works. Have to have a distorted mind to think such as that.

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    • whatev January 10, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Gawd I am so glad when these idiots are gone.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser January 10, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      [Very Nice! When is the traitor going to apologize to the Vietnam veterans for the outright lies he said about them? He should slip into something]

      Or for agent orange, gulf war syndrome and dozens of other ‘illegal drug tests on members of the military’??

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    • Catherine January 10, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Honestly, the comments Kerry has made recently make it appear that he is losing his mind. He is a disgrace to America, and he sold us out when he made that dangerous Iran deal. Something is either wrong with him or he is an enemy to this country in my opinion.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser January 11, 2017 at 12:30 am

      I don’t think he has Ever had a whole mind to lose any of!

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    • inluminatuo January 11, 2017 at 8:13 am

      This from the guys and Party of people who look crotchward and still cannot tell what the potter designed their clay to be. Mud-slinging swamp creating human clay who think they now better than the Great Creator potter, the purpose of their design. The Bible states things never end well for them in the end, which is why they MUST destroy and defy the sacred documents at every turn or perish even sooner in their delusions. The exact reason why they must take empirical reality and morph all who do not agree with their delusions as Prejudiced, thereby defying history itself which has pre-judged us all. The same fate awaits them all.
      Psalm 2:9
      “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

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  2. baitfish January 10, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Horse face kerry will be gone in 10 days. A refreshing breath of clean air will blow through our military once “Mad Dog” and Trump take control of our military. Hang tough soldiers, help is on the way.

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    • truthteller January 10, 2017 at 9:53 am

      he does resemble an ugly horse

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    • marines January 10, 2017 at 11:57 am

      South end of a north bound horse.

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    • DrGadget January 10, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Hey! Horses are noble and beautiful animals.

      You guys should stop insulting horses by comparing them to John Kerry.

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    • LLM the Ultimate January 10, 2017 at 7:57 pm

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    • LLM the Ultimate January 10, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      DrGadget just got TRIGGERED!

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  3. heretic January 10, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Mr. Kerry has inflicted a great deal of injury as he stumbles through the misguided and pathetic farce that passes for ”Public service” among the liberal elite. Who is surprised that he now apologizes to those who are the least worthy of reconciliation?

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  4. Klaus January 10, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Every time that nimrod opens his mouth, more stupidity emerges.

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  5. watchman1872 January 10, 2017 at 9:03 am

    So, Frankenkerry’s apologizing to gays for their treatment a half century ago is a major priority for the State Department. With all the major foreign threats and issues this country is facing, this politically correct BS is now a high priority for him.

    I’ll bet it won’t be for Trump. And these clueless liberal idiots still can’t figure out why he won.

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  6. stadalberts January 10, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I do not give a rosey red mules *** about what Kerry says. He is one of Obummers henchmen that has bought us to the situation we are in today in our nation! C’mon Trump! Let ’em all have it with both barrels!

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  7. aristotle January 10, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Perhaps the SEC of STATE should focus on affairs of the world and stop focusing on social issues that are not relevant.

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    • truthteller January 10, 2017 at 9:50 am

      in fairness I don’t think we want this idiot dealing w foreign affairs or much of anything….

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    • EdWatts January 10, 2017 at 10:17 am

      I would much rather he spend his time on this sort of stuff; he could be flying around the world pi$$ing off our allies and enemies.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser January 10, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      I’ve always though the role of the sec od state WAS foreign affairs anyway, not ‘domestic social policy…

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  8. Timothy Toroian January 10, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Kerry is an idiot. Next, he will recommend reparations for slavery. These BFs need to realize they are leaving office and should SHUT THE HELL up!!

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    • watchman1872 January 10, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Right. These rich liberal are always so generous, but it always seems to be with someone else’s money. So the next time one of these liberals wants reparations, we should demand that THEY foot the bill. That should shut the them right up. Make them subsidize their their guilt the honest way, rather than forcing us to subsidize it, then use it to try to shame us with their moral superiority.

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  9. truthteller January 10, 2017 at 9:49 am

    This complete ***** should apologize to ALL of us for being ugly and a complete moron! Forgot this fool was secy of state… had to call my wife when he was talking to UN the other week… she couldn’t believe it either…. incredible how some of these worthless antiAmerican libbies survive and prospered under the Dems…

    still can’t believe the little twerp Rahm Emanuel is mayor of Chicago.. I honestly thought he was in jail when he left Obama….

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  10. columba January 10, 2017 at 9:51 am

    “Decades” of negative views of homosexuality and other abnormalities, huh? How about millennia, considering that every civilization known to history has at least officially disapproved of these abnormalities. Even those cultures that unofficially practiced some of the perversions and/or tried to excuse some aspects of them (e.g., ancient Greece) have officially condemned and/or mocked them. In fact, Islamic countries continue to have a death penalty for homosexuality even while there’s a subculture of sodomy among the elite and the warrior classes (e.g., Saudi royalty, the Taliban).

    Kerry is just doing what Kerry does, i.e., lying through his teeth to curry favor from the current in-groups. He sold out Vietnam veterans for a handful of headlines, and he’s continued to sell out America in every way ever since.

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  11. Daniel Gray January 10, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Frankenstein can kiss my arse. I dont need some moron to give apologies to idiots with a deviant lifestyle

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    • GlennVA January 10, 2017 at 10:33 am

      I can’t believe the majority of replies. Eight years of kissing *** to minorities, perverts and THE ENEMY is finally coming to a close. I can still see the contrived video of Kerry parading down the center of hooches in Viet Nam. He would have been dead with the first step. Shows how Liberals can doctor anything. And they can’t stand the thought of defeat. Blame Russian emails, not the sordid, corrupt backgrounds of the Clintons.

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  12. stephen49 January 10, 2017 at 10:01 am

    ‘Open witch hunting’ by the State Dept. When? I must have missed all that.

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      ltuser January 10, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      I would love to know that as well. WHAT was this official witch hunt he was on about???

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    • empd January 10, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      I suspect what he is calling “prejudice” refers to the years when homosexuality and adultery were known security risks.

      In spite of the LGBTetc community’s insistence on their “normalcy” I have yet to see anything to prove it. From everything I can see, it is a sordid, miserable, unnatural choice which insists on everyone believing its lies. They want everyone to be as miserable as they are.

      No country or culture has ever survived the type of sexual immorality that has been crammed down our throats.

      The Marxists can take their “multicultural” and “diversity” agenda out of the American conversation. It does not work, it won’t work, it has never worked.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser January 11, 2017 at 12:33 am

      [I suspect what he is calling “prejudice” refers to the years when homosexuality and adultery were known security risks.]

      And that is because they WERE security risks.. Heck they still are for ‘those still in the closet’..

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  13. dumvet January 10, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Please go away Kerry!

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  14. mhawkins53 January 10, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Having been in/exposed to the Diplomatic Community all over the world, some “slices” of society have a higher risk of black mail. Gay? Cheating on your spouse? Like little boys/little girls? Hey, the world is what it is, and, I live in the “real” world… I am also the accepting son, of a gay parent… Poor John Kerry….

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    • whatev January 10, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Pedophiles are next on their list to be declared normal. Just wait.
      There might be another apology coming.

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    • EdWatts January 10, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      @ whatev:

      Sadly, you are correct. They have already revealed the “PC” term for it, an expression which makes the act(s) sound much more palatable: “Inter-generational sex”.

      If Mr. Trump doesn’t turn this train around soon and “America” survives, I am convinced that God owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.

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    • ltuser
      ltuser January 10, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      [Sadly, you are correct. They have already revealed the “PC” term for it, an expression which makes the act(s) sound much more palatable: “Inter-generational sex”.]

      Wouldn’t surprise me one bit.. Test out the ‘new word’ and see how much backlash they get, and if not much, then push it a little more mainstream…
      That’s how they always act..

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    2506INF . January 10, 2017 at 10:21 am

    ‘Liveshot’ Kerry conveniently overlooks that which destroys his “witch-hunting” thesis: PFC Bradley Manning (a proven/convicted clear and present danger), now known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

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    • whatev January 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Didn’t 0bama say we have to pay for “Chelsea’s” re-assignment surgery?
      I hope Trump says “No Way”
      This is nuts.

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    • EdWatts January 10, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      @ whatev:

      We should “bless” Manning with a firing squad and let God figure out what to do with him.

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  16. cgretired January 10, 2017 at 11:03 am

    What in hell is going on here!! Are they going to apologize for anything else? I hoped that with clintoon out of office way back when that we were done with this. Then obozo comes in and now this jerk, and here we go again. Man, 20 January can’t come fast enough.

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  17. ToadStoolManor1 January 10, 2017 at 11:06 am

    The odummy administration came on the scene in the beginning with an apology tour, and looks like it’s going to end with an apology tour…sheesh.

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  18. Gunflint Roseberg January 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Kiss *** Kerry…..What an insult & embarrassment to America..

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  19. DonS January 10, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    By the majority vote (of the States that matter – not California or New York), we the citizens reject and apologize for having had OBOZO and the likes of Hillary and Kerry in high government office, in charge of America’s RETREAT and SURRENDER!

    Kerry is such a disgrace!

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  20. Ron Allen January 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Kind of ironic. You apologize to them and literally allowed those who don’t cater to them to be slapped around. Be assured, you didn’t apologize on my behalf you dipstick.

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  21. Srini Varadarajan January 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    But not to the nation which he lied through his teeth (claiming he went into Cambodia “in December 1968 on orders of POTUS Nixon”) to weasel his way into Congress, nor for running for POTUS in 2004 with endorsement of one of America’s enemies (specifically AIDS-dead Egyptian **** who personally ordered the 1973 murder of a US Ambassador)!

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  22. captgene January 10, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    What john “cut and run” kerry (lcit) might want to google are some of the presentations by Yuri Bezmenov and his warning to America. Yuri was a high ranking KGB defector. In college I had the privilege of hearing him speak to our ROTC detachment about how the USSR undermined and conquered nations. Taking over nations was a long term process of undermining national morals and changing the way people thought and acted. With regards to homosexuals, Yuri said they used them as a distraction; a diversion. Once they’d taken full control of a government, “… then we killed them (homosexuals).” What “cut and run” is doing is acting as a surrogate for our homosexual communist mussie in chief by furthering the communist cause of subversion.

    Meanwhile, johnny boy, as a Combat Vietnam Veteran, when do you and hanoi jane plan on apologizing to me and my Brothers in Arms for the bald faced lies you and the ***** from hollyweird told under oath before the congress and elsewhere, you ***?

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  23. stephenjg January 10, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    John Kerry is so bloody stupid that I wonder if he is capable of feeding himself or finding his way home at night. The only apology he should be giving is one to Israel for betraying them and then he should do everything he can to reverse the U.N. resolution against them.

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    • Catherine January 10, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Exactly correct. I had forgotten how Kerry lied in the past about the military service, and it makes us wonder how anybody could have ever appointed him as Secretary of State. He has been a total embarrassment everywhere he has gone, and every time he opens his mouth it becomes worse. It would be bad enough if he were just a buffoon, but he is dangerous.

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  24. Col. Jim January 10, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    John Kerry, the disgraceful Vietnam vet, is IRELEVANT

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  25. doced January 10, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Harsh, I know, but it’s nearly impossible to respond to this moronic golem in any other way, for what Kerry ought to be apologizing for is his consumption of oxygen and other vitals better used by humans.

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