National Security Advisor Rice: LGBT rights essential part of U.S. foreign policy

Susan Rice

Susan Rice

BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Washington Blade

National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday stressed support of LGBT rights remains an essential part of American foreign policy.

“The United States remains firmly committed to promoting freedom, opportunity and prosperity everywhere,” she said during a speech at the Newseum in downtown Washington during Human Rights First’s annual Human Rights Summit. “We stand proudly for the rights of women, the LGBT community and minorities.”

Rice noted President Obama spoke in support of LGBT rights during a June press conference in the Senegalese capital with the African country’s president the day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and struck down California’s Proposition 8. Senegal is among the more than 70 countries in which homosexuality remains criminalized.

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