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Santorum, Perry condemn new international LGBT rights strategy

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 18:41 EDT
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President Barack Obama’s decision to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights around the world is a “war on traditional American values,” according to Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry.

Obama on Tuesday ordered all government agencies that play an active foreign policy role to fight against violence and discrimination targeting LGBT persons around the world. But he stopped short of threatening to cut off aid to countries that do not satisfy U.S. requirements.

“Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America’s interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers’ money,” Perry said in a statement.

“But there is a troubling trend here beyond the national security nonsense inherent in this silly idea. This is just the most recent example of an administration at war with people of faith in this country. Investing tax dollars promoting a lifestyle many Americas of faith find so deeply objectionable is wrong.”

Another Republican presidential candidate, former Sen. Rick Santorum, also lambasted the new international LGBT strategy.

“Obviously the administration is promoting their particular agenda in this country, and now they feel its their obligation to promote those values not just in the military, not just in our society, but now around the world with taxpayer dollars,” Santorum told reporters in Iowa.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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