Thank You, Secretary Clinton

When someone does the right thing, it is important to say “Thank You.”

Hillary ClintonSecretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has put the United States of America firmly on record against the violence we know about it in places like Jamaica, Nigeria, Iran, Malaysia, and elsewhere.

She says, “(We) must condemn violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In country after country after country, young men and women are persecuted, are singled out, even murdered in cold blood, because of who they love or just based on claims that they are gay.”

And this is the critical part. showing that she means business, becoming proactive in this struggle for justice: “We are starting to track violence against the LGBT community, because where it happens anywhere in the world, the United States must speak out against it and work for its end.”

Of course, this action does not insure change overnight, but it is always better to resist violence with allies than on our own. And her announcement, coupled with the recent passage of legislation against hate crimes, shows movement from rhetoric to action by the Obama administration and Congress. Now, let’s repeal DADT and DOMA, and pass ENDA.  

Thank you, Secretary Clinton.

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