US takes gay rights global, despite unsure welcome

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- With gay pride parades taking place in many cities across the world this weekend, the U.S. role in a struggle that still hasn't been won at home will be more visible than ever.

President Barack Obama's administration has been using American embassies across the world as outposts to expand the struggle. Diplomats will take part in parades and some embassies will fly the rainbow flag along with the Stars and Stripes.

Scott Busby, the deputy assistant secretary for the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor says the American efforts are tailored to local conditions.

But the support can also cause a backlash.

In Russia, President Vladimir Putin has waged an assault on what he considers the encroachment of decadent Western values.

An extreme case has been Uganda, where gay sex is punishable by a life sentence. In response, the U.S. imposed sanctions.


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