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posted Friday, June 28, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 26
'The winds of freedom are blowing' - Sec. of State Kerry pledges continued fight for LGBT rights
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'The winds of freedom are blowing' - Sec. of State Kerry pledges continued fight for LGBT rights

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Speaking at the State Department's annual Pride at State event on June 19, Secretary of State John Kerry committed his department to fight for LGBT rights even in parts of the world where progress on human rights has been difficult.

'As we look at various places in the world, where homophobia raises its ugly, frightened head, we see that there is fear,' Kerry said. 'And a lot is driven by fear ... We've got to be there, showing up in places where progress on LGBT rights has been harder and slower to achieve.'

Kerry noted that 'the winds of freedom are blowing in the right direction, and that intolerance fades with each passing generation.'

'With a belief in the worth of every human being, we must continue moving toward our shared goal of justice and equality worldwide,' Kerry added.

U.S. STILL UNEQUAL
Kerry also admitted that full equality for LGBT Americans has not yet been achieved.

'We have to come here today and commit ourselves to the ultimate task of fulfilling equality under the law here in our own country,' he said.

'We have to be clear-eyed about the challenges that remain,' said Kerry. 'I believe that we are on an irreversible course, and I believe happily that the United States of America is helping to set a global example for how people ought to be treated in life.'

Kerry said the State Department was laying the groundwork for equal treatment of bi-national same-sex couples in anticipation that the Supreme Court would strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which the court did on June 26. Now that the federal government is no longer bound by DOMA, the State Department can grant same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens the same priorities accorded opposite-sex spouses for entry and eventual citizenship.

EVENT BEGUN BY CLINTON
Congressman John Lewis and National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling also spoke at the event. Among the notables in attendance were Judy and Dennis Shepard of the Matthew Shepard Foundation; Foreign Service Director General Linda Thomas-Greenfield; and Acting Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Uzra Zeya.

Pride at State was initiated by Kerry's immediate predecessor, Hillary Clinton, who made LGBT rights a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy for the first time in history. Like Kerry, she often used the event as an occasion to make major policy pronouncements.

A similar event was held the same day by Attorney General Eric Holder at the Justice Department.

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