Republicans Challenge Gay Rights Promotion

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Republicans on Capitol Hill are speaking out against a plan they say would promote gay rights around the world.

The Foreign Relations Authorization Act easily passed the House and now heads for the Senate.

It requires State Department diplomats and the Peace Corps to track discrimination or violence based on a person's perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in foreign countries.   

"It requires the State Department to demand foreign governments to change or repeal discriminatory laws that criminalize homosexuality as well as requiring reports on related violence and discrimination," said Congressman Jared Polis.

"This legislation, in embracing abortion rights overseas, in embracing the advocacy of changes in laws regarding homosexuality around the world, advocates a set of values that are at odds with the majority of the American people," said Congressman Mike Pence.

The bill also creates a new Office for Global Women's Issues to support "women's empowerment."

But critics call it an attempt to promote abortion and undermine pro-life laws in other countries.

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