Lawmakers ‘deeply concerned’ over State Department human rights commission

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Fifty members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday said they are “deeply concerned” over the State Department’s new human rights advisory commission.

The lawmakers—including U.S. Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.)—in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his “plan to establish a Commission on Unalienable Rights is an attempt to make an end run around career experts, statutorily established State Department structures and widely accepted interpretations of human rights law to push a narrow, discriminatory agenda that decides whose rights are worth protecting and whose rights the administration will ignore.”

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Marriage opponent to chair State Department human rights commission

By : Michael K. Lavers of The Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Mary Ann Glendon (Center) with President George W. and Laura Bush at The White House in 2005. (Photo public domain)

A Harvard Law School professor who is known for her opposition to same-sex marriage will chair the State Department’s new human rights advisory commission that will stress “natural law and natural rights.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on July 8 at the State Department that Mary Ann Glendon will chair the Commission on Unalienable Rights.

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