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President Bans Entry into U.S. of LGBT Human Rights Violators

On August 4th, President Obama issued a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of any persons who have participated in serious human rights violations abroad, including human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

This proclamation gives the Secretary of State discretion to determine who will be deemed to have committed serious human rights violations that preclude entry into the U.S.  Implementation of the proclamation by the Secretary of State must be done in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security.  This proclamation is a commendable endeavor by the President to prevent those who have violated the human rights of LGBT people from entering our country and spreading their hatred and intolerance across our soil.  We urge Secretaries Clinton and Napolitano to move swiftly to implement this proclamation.

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