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Oct 16, 2012

US gay rights fight: more to do at home than abroad

Barack Obama's support for gay marriage sparked a diplomatic effort overseas. But it's at home where homophobia remains rampant, writes student journalist and broadcaster Squirrel Main.

US embassies in countries as widespread as Pakistan and the Czech Republic have made a major issue of LGBT equality ever since Hillary Clinton’s historic “gay rights are human rights” speech in 2010. But that stops at the US border. Obama and his campaign are oddly reserved about touching the hot-button election issue back home.

In an interview with JOY 94.9 program World Wide Wave, the US Consul-General in Melbourne, Frank Urbancic, explained Obama’s directive: “Our role and our goal and our instructions are to make sure that at least as far as the United States is concerned, people’s s-xual orientation simply is not part of the equation. First and foremost, violence against LGBT people isn’t allowed.”

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2 thoughts on “US gay rights fight: more to do at home than abroad

  1. AR

    “don’t ask, don’t tell”, aka STFU.

  2. justin cotton

    In case you hadn’t noticed, don’t ask don’t tell has been repealed.

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