|All US Embassies in Africa to Fly Rainbow Flag|
|by Tom McGregor||Tue, Jul 29, 2014, 08:46 PM|
Secretary of State John Kerry is preparing to order all US Embassies located in Africa to fly the gay rights' Rainbow Flag, instead of the American flag during an African Summit on Aug. 4-6.
According to the Houston Chronicle, "The groups praised the Obama administration for a series of steps aimed at promoting gay rights internationally, but they suggested more could be done to block or overturn anti-gay legislation. Among its initiatives, the administration has increased the number of openly gay U.S. ambassadors serving abroad. Some U.S. embassies flew the rainbow flag this year to celebrate local gay pride parades."
Shawn Gaylord is quoted as saying that, "We believe the U.S. can do more in both Nigeria and Uganda to ensure that U.S. funding is not being given to any institution or group that is abusing human rights, including actively discriminating against the LGBT community. We recognize that this is a difficult process with competing interests, made more difficult by the rhetoric espoused by some leaders that the movement for the rights of LGBT people is something invented in the West and being imposed upon African societies."
As reported by the Houston Chronicle, "Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's summit in Washington with more than 40 African leaders. The , a national gay rights organization, and Human Rights First, which advocates aggressive U.S. stances on human rights issues abroad, issued a statement depicting the summit as a "once-in-a-generation moment" to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Africans."
President Barry Obama may soon sanction all African countries that refuse to legalize gay marriage.
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