Perry and Gay Rights

Via ABC:

“Just when you thought Barack Obama couldn’t get any more out of touch with America’s values, AP reports his administration wants to make foreign aid decisions based on gay rights. This administration’s war on traditional American values must stop,” Perry said in the statement. “Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money.”

The sad thing is, Perry is correct:  “traditional American values” have been anti-gay rights.  The sadder thing is, however, is that Perry would like to keep it that way (or, perhaps even sadder, he thinks that presenting that message will help him win votes in Iowa).

Perry was objecting to the following:

In a memorandum released today, Obama said foreign aid should be used by U.S. agencies operating abroad to “promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons,” including combating the criminalization of LGBT status or conduct by foreign governments, along with protecting LGBT asylum seekers and refugees.

“I am deeply concerned by the violence and discrimination targeting LGBT persons around the world, whether it is passing laws that criminalize LGBT status, beating citizens simply for joining peaceful LGBT pride celebrations, or killing men, women, and children for their perceived sexual orientation,” Obama said in the memo.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today equated gay rights with women’s rights during a speech in Geneva.

Apparently Perry is arguing that human rights are irrelevant if the humans in question are homosexual.

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  1. Herb says:

    Wars don’t stop. Wars are won! And guess who’s been losing on this one…..

  2. Franklin says:

    If Obama just made foreign aid contingent on gay rights, this would be a win-win. Fiscal conservatives would be happy that we could potentially spend less on foreign aid, and teh gheys would be less likely to get beatings or executions.

  3. legion says:

    @Franklin: Unfortunately, the basest of the GOP base would probably still rather see beatings & executions. Perry certainly seems to think so – that’s why he’s pandering to them in this desperate attempt to raise his profile.

  4. So, Rick Perry supports Sharia Law?

  5. Brett says:

    I love how Perry thinks that not wanting to be killed or beaten by one’s government is a “special right.”

  6. @Brett: Indeed.

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Apparently Perry is arguing that human rights are irrelevant if the humans in question are homosexual.

    Steven, if they are homosexual, they aren’t human.