After President Barack Obama released his memorandum about protecting LGBT human rights around the world, Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign released the following statement:
"Promoting special rights for gays in foreign countries is not in America's interests and not worth a dime of taxpayers' money."
Here's a rebuttal from Log Cabin Republicans:
(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans strongly disagree with Governor Rick Perry’s statement that consideration of LGBT human rights in United States distribution of foreign aid is part of a war on “traditional American values” and “people of faith in this country.”
“With all due respect, Governor Perry is wrong. Speaking out for the basic human rights of LGBT people to life and liberty is anything but ‘at war with American values,’” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. “Throughout his administration, President George W. Bush was strongly committed to supporting and protecting dissident and minority voices abroad. Our nation can be proud of its long, bipartisan legacy of promoting freedom for all. Around the globe today, gay and lesbian people are often subject to ‘corrective’ rape, state-sponsored torture, imprisonment and execution. Combating these injustices is not advocating for any kind of ‘special rights,’ and it is shameful for Governor Perry to suggest that American people of faith do not support protecting vulnerable populations from brutality.”