November 29, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stopped by the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies' 20th anniversary party last night to praise the State Department's LGBT employees and also to reflect on the tremendous progress made over the past two decades, and the past four years as well. ...We have seen milestones along that journey over the last 20 years. I remember that I think on my husband’s first day in office back in ’93, he announced that gays and lesbians working in the federal government would receive equal treatment under the Civil Service Reform Act. Two years later, Secretary Warren Christopher made clear those rules would be enforced within the halls of the State Department when he issued a statement that explicitly prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Now over the past four years, we’ve built on those and other steps to really acknowledge and welcome LGBT people into the State Department family and other agencies. She went on, "Together we have worked to make something very simple and right come true. Our people should not have to choose between serving the country they love and sharing a life with the people they love." But, of course, the fight goes on, she said.

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