Obama's Move to Advance Gay Rights Worldwide?

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President Obama has officially sanctioned using U.S. foreign aid to promote gays rights overseas.

He issued a presidential memorandum Tuesday directing U.S. agencies to assist gays and lesbians in other countries who are facing human rights violations.

For the first time, the U.S. government will use the treatment of gays as a factor in awarding foreign aid.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also announced the new foreign policy initiative in a speech to diplomats in Geneva, Switzerland.

Clinton equated gay rights with women's rights and racial equality.

"Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights," she told the audience.

Bishop Harry Jackson, with the International Communion of Evangelical Churches talked about gay rights, universal human rights, and the Obama administration's goals on CBN News Channel Morning News, Dec. 7.

"The Obama administration seems to be acting on presumption that there is a consensus that engaging in homosexual conduct is a universal human right. There is no such consensus," Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, told CBN News.

"There is no treaty and no universally accepted international document that even establishes that as a right," he said.

The initiative is Obama's latest move in advancing the gay rights agenda.

Earlier this year, he repealed the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, allowing gays to serve openly in the armed forces.

He's also ordered the Justice Department not to defend in court a federal law defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

"I've met my commitments to the LGBT community. I've delivered on what I promised. Now that doesn't mean our work is done," Obama said.

Critics say the administration is working harder to promote gay rights than protecting more recognized universal human rights, such as religious freedom.

"It's ironic that they're pushing this issue while at the same time deemphasizing the recognized right of religous liberty," Sprigg said.

The time limit on a congressional committee on international religious freedom is set to expire later this month.

Religious rights groups say one Democratic senator is blocking reauthorization of the committee.

Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, gave his reaction to this move by the Obama administration. Click play for his comments on the gay rights debate.

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