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HRC commends nomination of John Kerry for Secretary of State

'Kerry has been a trailblazer in the fight for LGBT equality'
Friday, December 21, 2012

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on Friday praised the nomination of U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to be Secretary of State during President Obama’s second term.

Obama will formally announce the nomination today at the White House, according to sources.

U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)

Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, would replace Hillary Rodham Clinton if confirmed by his fellow senators — he is not expected to face much resistance in the Senate for confirmation.

“We commend President Obama’s decision to nominate Sen. John Kerry to be the next Secretary of State,” said HRC President Chad Griffin, in a statement.

“Sen. Kerry has been a trailblazer in the fight for LGBT equality, both domestically and internationally. His leadership in repealing the HIV travel ban, as well as his steadfast support for employment non-discrimination protections and addressing the needs LGBT homeless youth demonstrate his dedication to equality and to the rights of LGBT people worldwide.

“The State Department’s unwavering commitment to LGBT people around the world under the leadership of Secretary Clinton has been exemplary. We look forward to even more progress, including growth of the Global Equality Fund and continued support for the human rights of LGBT people, as Sen. Kerry takes the helm.”

Kerry secured the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2004, but lost the general election to incumbent President George W. Bush.

He has consistently scored a 100 on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard, which rates members of Congress on their support for issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

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6 more reader comments:

  1. Kerry is one mensch

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 10:54am
  2. Gee… the elitist White House party cocktail swillers of the HRC are supporting another elitist White House party cocktail swiller. Tres surprise!

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 10:59am
  3. But now we might lose a seat in the senate and possibly lose the majority. I dont think we will but it is a possibility.

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 11:51am
  4. I will miss Sec. Clinton. She did a fantastic job! I hope she runs for Pres. in the future!

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 12:49pm
  5. Out with one nutjob & in with another. When is Obama gonna be held for treason on the Bengazi attack?

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 1:53pm
  6. That’s a funny one. I guess Andy didn’t see the report proving that Bengazi was not a botch job under Clinton. I guess I wonder if Andy is suggesting that Obama pay a price for Libya, that he has also voiced Bush being held accountable as a ware criminal for two unwarranted wars where thousands of young Americans and a few hundred thousand Iraqis have died. Hm. I wonder.

    Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 9:15pm