With anti-gay criminal laws popping up in countries worldwide, Vice President Joe Biden said the White House is pushing back.
Biden told a gathering of religious, human rights and HIV health-care workers on Tuesday that President Obama has instructed US diplomats and overseas aid workers to promote LGBT rights – and work against injustice.
“I don’t care what your culture is, inhumanity is inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice,” said Biden.
Biden has long been a gay rights advocate; he made headlines in 2012 when he declared his support for gay marriage on Meet the Press, ahead of President Obama’s declaration on the subject.
“Look, I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the exact same rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction – beyond that.”
White House National Security Susan Rice said earlier on Tuesday that changing global opinion on gays and lesbians requires “everyone’s shoulder at the wheel. With more voices to enrich and amplify the message – the message that gay rights are straight-up human rights – we can open more minds.”
Last week the White House slapped sanctions on Uganda in response to its Anti-Homosexuality Act, which Ugandan President Museveni signed into law. Museveni has earned the ire of many for his human rights abuses, including, as I reported in Blue Nation Review, Hillary Clinton’s.
President Obama announced earlier this month that he plans to sign an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation, and grants new benefits to same-sex couples.