Secretary of State John Kerry recently spoke at at the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies ( GLIFAA) Pride Event at the Department of State.
He reminds us the of the challenges LGBT individuals face not only in the US, but around the world, where the simple act of loving somebody is criminalized and often punished by imprisonment or death.
“So we have an enormous challenge ahead of us, and all of you, every single person here, because you have the privilege of being here in this building, in this freedom, able to talk about this; it is because of that that you actually bear also a larger responsibility. When I voted, as Ken said, in 1996, I don’t claim any great act of courage. Maybe it was because I did represent the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but nevertheless I was proud to be the only person running for reelection that year in those 14 who actually voted against DOMA. And I am confident that if the Supreme Court adheres to the law and to precedent, that it must be found unconstitutional.”
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