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senate Bill S. 302

Does The U.S. Need A Special Envoy To Protect The International LGBTQ Community?

Argument in favor

The U.S. has voiced a commitment to protect the LGBTQ community's human rights; there needs to be a comprehensive strategy for addressing the discrimination they face overseas.

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03/02/2015
U.S. contribution could make a real, positive impact in the protection of the LGBTQ rights around the world.
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matthewkulp's Opinion
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02/24/2015
The argument against this is week. That because there is strong opposition to LGBTQ rights domestically, we shouldn't try federally and internationally. We live in a democracy, there is strong opposition to every argument. This nation is founded on inalienable rights - it doesn't always mean our citizens live up to that ideal. But it's an ideal. We aspire to it, we should never stop aspiring to it. Thats why we should lead this envoy for the International LGBTQ Community.
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Stevie's Opinion
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02/25/2015
It is better to try and potentially fail than to not even make the attempt
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Argument opposed

LGBTQ rights are a controversial topic domestically — can the U.S. really expect foreign governments come to an agreement on the LGBTQ issues?

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08/13/2016
I agree with Countable member Neftali, who said: "Western countries are too politically correct to handle the overarching threats of Islamism, how does anyone expect for the U.S. to go in with a scalpel and with surgical precision extract a central tenet of a religious ideology, i.e., kill homosexuals? We have our hands tied with the bigger issue of terrorism against everyone. Christians are being decimated, women are being forced into sex slavery. What about the Christians (gay or straight)? What about the women (gay or straight)? It is obvious the politically correct elitists refuse to acknowledge what the real issues afflicting Islamic countries truly are, therefore, steer clear of this bill and vote no!"
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ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/23/2015
I think they have enough federally funded advocacy groups to go around.
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VACatholicKnight's Opinion
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03/14/2015
There are things more urgent than this, like protecting the Christians from the ongoing Middle East Holocaust.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedJanuary 29th, 2015

What is Senate Bill S. 302?

This bill calls for the creation of a global foreign policy strategy to protect the human rights of people in the LGBTQ community across the globe. 


People in the LGBTQ community — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer — would be appointed a Special Envoy in the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. The Special Envoy would be responsible for inter-bureau and inter-agency coordination of the government’s efforts to defend human rights for the LGBT community internationally.


The bill also authorizes the Secretary and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to assist in the prevention of and response to discrimination and violence against those who identify as LGBTQ.

Impact

The LGBT community in the U.S. and abroad.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 302

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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Of Note:

Homosexuality is punishable by death in Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, and United Arab Emirates. In the past two years, Russia passed a law banning “gay propaganda,” India has reinstated the criminalization of homosexuality, Nigeria and Gambia have passed laws that make homosexuality a crime punishable with life imprisonment.


In President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union (SOTU) address, he affirmed a U.S. commitment to protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community.


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) Press Release

Advocate

Human Rights First (In Support)

Human Rights Campaign (In Support)

USAID (Context)

(Photo Credit: Flickr user Daniel Dudek-Corrigan

AKA

International Human Rights Defense Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to establish in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the Department of State a Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Peoples.

    U.S. contribution could make a real, positive impact in the protection of the LGBTQ rights around the world.
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    I agree with Countable member Neftali, who said: "Western countries are too politically correct to handle the overarching threats of Islamism, how does anyone expect for the U.S. to go in with a scalpel and with surgical precision extract a central tenet of a religious ideology, i.e., kill homosexuals? We have our hands tied with the bigger issue of terrorism against everyone. Christians are being decimated, women are being forced into sex slavery. What about the Christians (gay or straight)? What about the women (gay or straight)? It is obvious the politically correct elitists refuse to acknowledge what the real issues afflicting Islamic countries truly are, therefore, steer clear of this bill and vote no!"
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    I think they have enough federally funded advocacy groups to go around.
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    The argument against this is week. That because there is strong opposition to LGBTQ rights domestically, we shouldn't try federally and internationally. We live in a democracy, there is strong opposition to every argument. This nation is founded on inalienable rights - it doesn't always mean our citizens live up to that ideal. But it's an ideal. We aspire to it, we should never stop aspiring to it. Thats why we should lead this envoy for the International LGBTQ Community.
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    There are things more urgent than this, like protecting the Christians from the ongoing Middle East Holocaust.
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    What about the Christian Community whose "Constitutional 1st amendment rights are being trumped by a minority perted group
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    It is better to try and potentially fail than to not even make the attempt
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    Sadly, yes. Other countries are influenced by outsiders who spread lies and fear. That has to be countered. A few people can be very effective.
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    I support this bill with a NO vote. I'm to understand that Human Rights being separated or has LGBT Human Rights mover ahead or behind Human Rights. For myself, I'll let Human Rights cover all humans.
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    Bullshit - how about an envoy for blond haired white men over 50 who wear glasses. Asinine!
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    Their rights deserve advocacy the same as any other group of people that are killed for being who they are.
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    They are no more special than any other class of Americans!
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    This is ridiculous. It would be another bureaucratic branch that would stir up controversy and find problems that don't exist. Dedicating an entire branch to a specific group of people would create more division than union.
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    LGBTQ people should have the same protection as all other citizens. We don't need to prioritize one group over another, there are plenty of other groups facing just as bad issues. Maybe a bill to protect human rights for everyone would be more fair.
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    Please....
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    There are plenty of other international issues to focus on other than the international LGBTQ community.
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    An envoy to dictate to all other governments how to run their countries? This must be your attempt to cater to a very small, specific group of exquisitely delicate, and petulantly demanding, constituents so you will get that faction's votes. Otherwise, Markey, you have to be insane or just plain stupid!
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    You're kidding me, right? Out of all the issues we're facing (like Christians being executed in the Middle East) why would anyone in their right mind spend more on "protecting" LGBT communities? Liberals are unbelievably delusional.
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    How about we get away from creating special classes of people and just realize that we are all equal under the law.
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    We need our hands in less foreign affairs. Let the UN handle this.
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