John Kerry

John Forbes Kerry (b. Dec. 11, 1943) is an American politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State. He served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts from 1985 to 2013, and was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry was the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2004 presidential election but lost to incumbent George W. Bush. [ Wikipedia ]

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Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) is Chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Kerry pressed to review U.S. aid to countries with anti-LGBT laws

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Black Caucus called on the Obama administration Tuesday to review all aid to countries with laws criminalizing homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
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Kerry speaks with Uganda president, says anti-gay law complicates U.S. ties

Friday, February 28, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told Uganda's president that the African nation's new anti-gay law will complicate its relationship with America. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Wandera, APUgandan pupils from different schools take part in an event organized by born-again Christians to celebrate the signing of a new anti-gay bill that sets harsh penalties for homosexual sex, at the Omega Healing Center outside of Kampala, in Uganda Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

Kerry: U.S. launching new effort to combat anti-gay laws worldwide

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
WASHINGTON — Troubled by an anti-gay movement in Uganda and across much of the world, the U.S. is launching a new effort to combat what Secretary of State John Kerry described Wednesday as a threat to human rights. [ Read more → ]
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Secretary of State John Kerry calls on Arizona governor to veto anti-gay law

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
WASHINGTON -- America's top diplomat predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court would strike down an anti-gay proposal in Arizona if it ever becomes law and called Wednesday on the state's governor to "make the right decision" and veto it. [ Read more → ]
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Kerry: ‘A tragic day for Uganda, all who care about the cause of human rights’

Monday, February 24, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secreatry of State John Kerry and the White House issued statements Monday denouncing Uganda president Yoweri Museveni's signing of a controversial anti-gay bill that calls for harsh penalties, including 14 years in jail for first-time offenders, and life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for, among other offenses, homosexual behavior. [ Read more → ]

‘Quiet diplomacy’ faulted for advancement of Africa’s anti-gay laws

Thursday, February 20, 2014
DAKAR, Senegal -- Last month, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni met in his office with a team of U.S.-based rights activists concerned about legislation that would impose life sentences for some homosexual acts. South African retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu joined them by phone, pointing out similarities between Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill and racist laws enforced under South Africa's former apartheid government. [ Read more → ]
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Kerry denounces Gambia president’s remarks that LGBT people are ‘vermin’

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday denounced remarks by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh that LGBTQ people are “vermin” and that Gambia’s government would tackle them in “the same way it fights malaria-causing mosquitoes.” [ Read more → ]

Countries call on U.N. member states to end anti-LGBT discriminiation

Monday, September 30, 2013
UNITED NATIONS -- A group of 11 countries called on U.N. member states to repeal laws that discriminate against gay, lesbian and transgender people, in the world organization's highest-level meeting on the issue ever. [ Read more → ]
via: HaaretzIdan Frumin (right) was granted a visa by the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv after his spouse Elad Ben Yosef got a job in the U.S.

U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv issues first visas to married, same-sex couples

Sunday, August 11, 2013
TEL AVIV, Israel -- The U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv on Thursday issued the first derivative visas to same-sex spouses. [ Read more → ]
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Kerry announces ease in process for same-sex couples to obtain visas

Friday, August 2, 2013
The U.S. State Department on Friday began processing visa applications from same-sex spouses in the same way that it handles those from heterosexual spouses. [ Read more → ]

Holder, Kerry honor LGBT staffers at pride events at Justice, State departments

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Departments of Justice at State celebrated LGBT pride this week, with events attended by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State John Kerry, respectively. [ Read more → ]

VIDEO: Secretary of State John Kerry marks LGBT pride month

Saturday, June 8, 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry marks LGBT Pride Month in this video released on Friday. [ Read more → ]
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Openly gay Massachusetts lawmaker announces bid for U.S. House

Sunday, February 10, 2013
MEDFORD, Mass. -- An openly gay Massachusetts state lawmaker has announced plans to seek a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives should U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D) be successful in his bid for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. [ Read more → ]
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Barney Frank passed over as interim U.S. Senator

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The governor of Massachusetts on Wednesday announced his choice for the interim replacement for outgoing Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) — and it’s not the gay former U.S. House member who was publicly lobbying for the position. [ Read more → ]
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., emerges after a unanimous vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approving him to become America's next top diplomat, replacing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

U.S. Senate confirms John Kerry as Secretary of State

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State, filling a key job in President Obama’s second-term national security team. [ Read more → ]
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Barney Frank asks for U.S. Senate appointment

Friday, January 4, 2013
One day out of retirement as a member of the U.S. House, Barney Frank said Friday that he has asked Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to appoint him as the interim senator to replace John Kerry, who is expected to be confirmed Secretary of State later this month. [ Read more → ]
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Kerry nomination excites international LGBT advocates

Sunday, December 23, 2012
The nomination of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of state has excited advocates on global LGBT issues. [ Read more → ]
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HRC commends nomination of John Kerry for Secretary of State

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. [ Read more → ]

John Kerry seeks to aid lesbian bi-national couple

Monday, April 9, 2012
The Democratic senior senator from Massachusetts is seeking to aid a married lesbian couple in his state by asking the Department of Homeland Security to take administrative action to ensure the foreign national in the relationship won’t be deported back to Pakistan. [ Read more → ]

Kerry, Nadler introduce bills targeting LGBT discrimination in housing, credit

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Legislation was introduced on Thursday in both chambers of Congress that would amend existing federal law to protect LGBT people in the housing and credit markets. The legislation, which was introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) in the House and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in... [ Read more → ]
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Sen. Scott Brown at center of controversy over absence from anti-bullying video

Thursday, July 28, 2011
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has come under fire over his refusal to participate in a video for the “It Gets Better Project” that featured all other members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation. [ Read more → ]

Massachusetts congressional delegation releases ‘It Gets Better’ video

Thursday, July 28, 2011
The Massachusetts congressional delegation on Wednesday released their video contribution to the "It Gets Better Project," aimed at inspiring LGBT youth facing adversity and depression. [ Read more → ]
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Sen. John Kerry discuss his ‘evolution’ on marriage equality

Monday, July 11, 2011
Sen. John Kerry: "These seven years of marriage equality in Massachusetts might as well have been 30 years: they erased decades of myths." [ Read more → ]

Sen. Kerry leads group calling for FDA to end ban on gays donating blood

Thursday, March 4, 2010
[caption id="attachment_6756" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Kerry"][/caption] Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts called today for the Food and Drug Administration to lift a “discriminatory” ban on gay men donating blood. Kerry led a group of 18 senators -- 17 Democrats and one independent -- who sent... [ Read more → ]
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