Sen. Leahy Calls For More Aggressive Policy Against Countries That Violate LGBT Rights

How can we criticize other countries’ treatment of LGBT folk when only a fraction of the states allow us any measure of rights? Perhaps we need to be 100% first.

DAVOS, Switzerland — Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said on Thursday that he would seek to find a way to bar U.S. aid to countries that adopt laws restricting LGBT rights.

“I think that we have to explore our foreign policy with countries that have these horrible laws.” Leahy, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, told a gathering of billionaires, officials, and activists at an event run in parallel with the World Economic Forum in Davos. “As one who handles the foreign aid in our Senate, this is going to become increasingly on my radar of how we look at foreign aid in countries that violate human rights this way.”

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