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Despite wars, persecution, starvation and terrorism, Susan Rice declares protecting gays most difficult rights issue

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WASHINGTON (AP) — With anti-gay laws taking root in nearly 80 countries, White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Tuesday cast the protection of gays from global discrimination, abuse and even death as one of the most challenging international human rights issue facing the United States.

Rice told a White House forum of gay rights advocates that President Barack Obama has directed that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender men and women around the world. She urged religious, human rights and HIV health care advocates to form a united front to halt global discrimination against the LGBT community.

"To achieve lasting global change, we need everyone's shoulder at the wheel," she said. "With more voices to enrich and amplify the message — the message that gay rights are straight-up human rights — we can open more minds."

Rice cautioned that the effort is difficult because laws limiting gay rights in some countries enjoy strong popular support. But she said cultural differences do not excuse human rights violations.

"Governments are responsible for protecting the rights of all citizens, and it is incumbent upon the state, and on each of us, to foster tolerance and to reverse the tide of discrimination," Rice said.

Last week, the U.S. imposed visa bans on Ugandan officials who are involved in corruption and are violating the rights of gay people and others. Uganda passed a law in February that strengthened criminal penalties for gay sex and made life sentences possible for those convicted of breaking the law.

During his trip to Africa last year, Obama while in Senegal urged African leaders to extend equal rights to gays and lesbians. Senegal's president, however, pushed back saying his country "still isn't ready" to decriminalize homosexuality. Seven countries have laws imposing death sentences for gay sex and Brunei is on track to becoming the eighth one.

"The United States government will continue to beat back barriers and speak out on behalf of the rights of all people the world over. We do this both because it's our moral obligation, and because it's in our interests," Rice said. "Nations that protect human rights are more stable, more peaceful and more prosperous partners for the United States."

Tuesday's forum was the latest administrative attempt by Obama to promote gay and lesbian rights both in the United States and abroad. Obama successfully pushed to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military and his administration stopped defending the Defense of Marriage Act years before the Supreme Court took it up.

Earlier this month, Obama announced he will sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Last week, it also granted new benefits to same-sex couples, including those who live in states where gay marriage is against the law.

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  1. Kerry-USN-RetiredComment by Kerry-USN-Retired
    June 25, 2014 @ 8:04 am

    What right does the present U.S. misleadership have to demand that the world think and believe as Tinkerbell Obama does?

    I personally think that one’s sexual desires should be kept private and government’s role should only be in protection of others from being exposed to someone else’s sexual desires, perverted or not.

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    • maghfadaComment by maghfada
      June 25, 2014 @ 9:18 am

      Perhaps the Obama administration will take a few minutes out of their busy schedule to address the slaughter of Christians in Syria, Iraq. Iran . Eygpt and Sudan etc . etc . As David Horowitz stated when Obama was elected in 2008 ” A lot of people are going to die “.

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    • sirodComment by sirod
      June 25, 2014 @ 11:40 am

      This is not a human right. It is an act of rebellion towards God. LGHT have made their own god and he is evil.

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    • pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
      June 25, 2014 @ 1:09 pm

      The liberals use gay rights as a diversion whenever they get into trouble. With the news finally waking up to the IRS debacle, the VA abominations, Obama’s utter failure in the Middle East and Russia/Ukraine, the terrorist for “alleged deserter” trade, the river of illegal “children” flooding across our borders, the continued negative surprises rising up from the muck of Obamacare, is it any wonder Rice is flailing about shouting, “We must save the gay people of the world!” It’s called diversion, folks. Don’t look at your country sliding into the abyss, no, look at those evil people who respectfully state that homosexuality is against their religion. Those are the ones we need to go after.

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    • shoutingComment by shouting
      June 26, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

      As a victim of a gay rape, I think all sexual perverts need to be chased back into the closet, the door slammed shut and locked and a big fire started. YES I HATE PERVERTS! Tech school in USN, late sixties, foreign (BRAZILIAN) CPO, CPO quarters, yes I was drunk and passed out in his room, no help from base psychologist(to busy going to golf game), decided to self treat with booze (lots) and drugs (all kinds). General Discharge after partial drug rehab in Miramar NAS. Had to see that P-O-S very day in school for months afterwards. Took me years to force that **** down into a hole and cover it up and get on with life. Protect the perverts? Hell no, let them live in shame and hide, not us “normal humans.” They are a sub-set of the human race but not a protected species!

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  2. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    June 25, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    this is total incompetence on display for the whole world to see.
    Americas first black president who happens to also be gay.
    we have sunk way to low America.

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    • robert norwoodComment by Robert Norwood
      June 25, 2014 @ 11:11 am

      Think about the black Americans who wept at his inauguration. They were so proud.
      He got elected mainly by the white liberal establishment.

      The first black president and he’ll go down as the worst, with the worst record – Screwed again by whitey folks! Don’t blame us Conservatives for this, we never wanted you all to look stupid.

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  3. MustLiveFreeComment by MustLiveFree
    June 25, 2014 @ 9:01 am

    If gays voted as a bloc for Republicans, then the Demonrats wouldn’t give two s***s about them.

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  4. flyervicComment by flyervic
    June 25, 2014 @ 9:26 am

    Maybe Rice and Barry could make a video about queers and show it around the world!

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    • robert norwoodComment by Robert Norwood
      June 25, 2014 @ 11:07 am

      And call it a Selfie?

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  5. lynComment by lyn
    June 25, 2014 @ 10:01 am

    WHAT MAKES A PERSON “GAY”? I’LL REMIND YOU-IT IS THEIR CHOICE OF SEXUAL ACTIVITY!

    NOW, HOW DOES THAT CONSTITUTE GIVING THEM SPECIAL RIGHTS,MAKING LAWS THAT DEFEND THEIR SEXUAL CHOICES AND ALLOWING THEM TO CLAIM THAT THEIR “SEXUAL ORIENTATION” PLACES THEM IN A CATEGORY EQUAL TO THOSE WHO ARE BORN OF VARIOUS ETHNICITIES,RACE, OR COLOR OF SKIN?

    THEIR “ORIENTATION” IS NOT-I SAID N O T INNATE (BORN WITH) OR IMMUTABLE (UNCHANGEABLE) THE EVIL ONE HAS BLINDED THE EYES AND BRAINWASHED ALL OF YOU WHO DEFEND THIS IMMORAL AND VERY BAD ACTIVITY!

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    • American firstComment by American first
      June 25, 2014 @ 10:38 am

      Latest studies that came out recently shows there is NO gay gene and it is choice and the home environment.

      There is no problem protecting gays. They are protected by the same laws heterosexuals are.
      They just want special rights and protections.

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  6. mwoodComment by mwood
    June 25, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    why do we need special feel good rights for the mentaly ill

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  7. reelmanComment by reelman
    June 25, 2014 @ 10:21 am

    DO THESE MATTER TO DEMCOCRATS??? the status quo is >>> Monster gov-meant sucking up trillions. Gas, food and services up 2x, more people in poverty, lower wages/salaries, fewer jobs for college grads, rising college costs, 16+ million more on Food Stamps, 4x as many on Disability checks, 35% on full welfare for years on end, real jobless/inflation greater than under democrat Carter maliase, 17 trillion of debt, printing $85 billion monthly and every economic outlook predicting recession sliding into depression…

    YET every day the arrogant apostles of toxic socialism and their blind hacks just keep boldly lying, smearing, demonizing and making fantasy promises!

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  8. oleteabagComment by oleteabag
    June 25, 2014 @ 10:30 am

    Well, of course. That’s WAY more important than a US Marine being held in a Mexican prison for making a wrong turn, or a Christian woman sentenced to death for leaving the Muslim faith who has just been re-arrested, or the thousands of people being slaughtered by ISIS in Iraq.

    Somebody needs to put a GAG on this woman to keep the idiocy from spilling out of her mouth and all over the rest of us. Of course she is just a ventriloquists’ dummy, spouting the IDIOCY her boss tells her to spout.

    And if HE really believes the stuff he is putting in HER mouth, then HE can’t be that bright, either.

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    • robert norwoodComment by Robert Norwood
      June 25, 2014 @ 11:06 am

      What, all this **** going on in the world and our primary concerns don’t include gays? What is wrong with us….

      Well, if someone wants to go out and make an idiot of themselves I say give them one big soap box to speak from. People like her prove moment by moment how distant, out of touch and moronic this administration is. Only a bunch of Bizarro World numbskulls listen to her anyway.

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  9. arclightComment by arclight
    June 25, 2014 @ 10:35 am

    You want a total ideological gopher, an automaton who dances to the beat of a criminal administration full of affirmative action abominations? Look no further than Rice. What a lying fraud she is. I wonder if she has one shred of self respect left in her muddled brain? And if it is muddled on purpose, who would want that person representing their country in any capacity?

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    • robert norwoodComment by Robert Norwood
      June 25, 2014 @ 11:01 am

      She’s a goof , a stooge, and no one in the international community takes her seriously. I don’t even think the Obama folks do either – it’s the fate of stooges. Eventually, once the stooges are no longer needed they are set adrift.

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  10. mikeslaneyComment by mikeslaney
    June 25, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    Immorality (fornication) is not a “Constitutional RIGHT”, it is a moral issue that should come with consequences in our society, as it did once. So I beg the question? Who changed, it wasn’t GOD!

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  11. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    June 25, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    ” … Susan Rice on Tuesday cast the protection of gays from global discrimination, abuse and even death as one of the most challenging international human rights issue facing the United States. … ”

    Men have always despised ‘sissies’, and women can barely endure their presence.
    Is it any wonder that countries around the world have laws banning these sexual deviants?

    In this country, they have played out their hand. The ‘request for tolerance’ when they began their mass ‘coming out’ morphed into a viscious demand that everyone accept, protect, and admire them.

    Well, they went too far, and their return to ‘the closet’ is in the foreseeable future.

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    • robert norwoodComment by Robert Norwood
      June 25, 2014 @ 10:58 am

      Meanwhile a Christian woman arrested and re-arrested, under a threat of death by muslims is not.

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  12. robert norwoodComment by Robert Norwood
    June 25, 2014 @ 10:54 am

    Give her some credit folks. She goes out every day and proves just how stupid and unfit she is to even hold her future, Post Obama Admin job tearing tickets at the Obama Presidential Library. She’ll have to dust the displays during down times but with one lousy stupid little Peace Prize and a golf club or two she’ll still have time for coffee breaks.

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  13. joe23006Comment by joe23006
    June 25, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

    Her job, should she ever get around to doing it is our national security, borders, illegal immigration, terrorists, domestic and foreign, not a left-wing liberal cause that affects far fewer than the aforementioned. Her priority should be the United States and not limited segments and especially elsewhere in the world. e have had enough of these do-gooders, except they don’t do anything but rail against real and imagined injustice, and no good comes from it.

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  14. whodunitComment by whodunit
    June 25, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

    Susan Rice? Is she still out there? I thought she would have had the good sense to bow out by now.

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    • robert norwoodComment by Robert Norwood
      June 25, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

      If she’d had any sense good or bad she would’ve looked at that “It was a video” script and said “Uh uh, not me jack, find some other low level fool for that one”.

      But Susan Rice defines what a stooge is in the finest tradition of folks like Josef Goebbels, Benito Mussolini, Arthur Miller, Paul Robeson and a host of others; people so misguided that they supported the worst lies of their time and the person’s behind them with no thought to the folks who died behind and because of it all.

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  15. jimwgComment by jimwg
    June 25, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1e–Iuo_dM&list=TL4aGQ00H8zG4fOIOHB5kqYQ6n36w-jzFE

    Is this a joke? Really?? I thought it was the pits when Disney fell into this, but is this for real??? NASA shuns visiting Boy Scouts but stoops for this???

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  16. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    June 25, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

    Need a lie to be told, hers your woman. Spreading the lies of homosexuality, you could not have picked a more able person.

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    • robert norwoodComment by Robert Norwood
      June 25, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

      Or a more willing stooge.

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  17. skulltakerComment by skulltaker
    June 25, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

    Another Prime example of OBUMMERS REGIME being completely out of touch with the American People. $ 18 BILLION dollar deficit,growing by & $ 89 Million per month, Out of Control I R S n N S A , BENGHAZI, Fast & Furious, , , 1/5 of all ,

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  18. johnnylingo62Comment by johnnylingo62
    June 25, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

    So, AIDS is rampant in Africa and is transmitted most heavily in the homosexual activity. So, AIDS is a “death sentence” to those living in most 3rd World countries. And the USA is saying – tolerate this type of sexual activity, even when it crosses lines into the heterosexual population who do not participate in the abnormal conduct. Children are dying due to sins of their fathers… but “it’s a human right”? where is the logic in this stretch of the imagination of “rights”?

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    • robert norwoodComment by Robert Norwood
      June 25, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

      It is the Bizarro World logic of the liberal left. It is so far out that one could read every DC Comics edition and never see anything remotely close. This liberal version of logic raises idiocy to a whole new scale.

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  19. spidaComment by spida
    June 25, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

    So the NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR is busy worrying about the internal affairs of 80 other countries and how they treat their own people! No wonder no one in the Obama administration saw the Iraq chaos coming. This lady is superb at saying the wrong thing every time she opens her mouth. Just a suggestion, but maybe nuclear armed terrorists (or even Iran) are a slightly bigger problem than ensuring “gay rights,” whatever that mushy term means.

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  20. genesalComment by genesal
    June 25, 2014 @ 5:51 pm

    Let them eat Rice cake.

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  21. maghfadaComment by maghfada
    June 25, 2014 @ 8:55 pm

    An individuals sexual identity is a foundational to ones personhood. When that identity becomes corrupted by the practice of unnatural and perverse behaviors such as homosexuality , sadism , masochism , beastieality , pedophilia and promiscuity the individual loses the capacity to love. Love is focused on giving of ones self not taking. Let us choose true love as designed by nature and nature’s God.

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  22. patriot159Comment by patriot159
    June 25, 2014 @ 11:19 pm

    Can we really expect anything else but this kind of tripe from anyone in this administration? Absolutely pathetic.

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  23. siquijorislandComment by siquijorisland
    June 26, 2014 @ 4:13 am

    i would have to consider the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants streaming over U.S. borders in recent weeks to be an humanitarian disaster and much more important in the short term.

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  24. whatevComment by whatev
    June 27, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

    No wonder Putin or any other world leader is taking the 0bama administration seriously any more.

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