Feds Issue Pro Homosexual Rules
Special Report - June 16, 2010
The federal government continues to use “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month” to issue directives that promote the homosexual agenda. As we previously reported, President Obama declared June LGBT Pride Month in a proclamation issued May 28. Only a few days later, he announced that he was extending additional federal benefits to the same-sex partners of LGBT federal employees.
Now, U.S. passports will no longer be required to reflect the biological sex of transgender individuals, even if they have not undergone sexual reassignment surgery, under a new policy issued June 9 by the U.S. Department of State. The State Department’s new passport policy guidelines, which went into effect June 10, specify that if an individual seeking a passport “presents a certification from an attending medical physician that the applicant has undergone appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition, the passport will reflect the new gender.” According to the State Department, “no additional medical records are required,” and “sexual reassignment surgery is no longer a prerequisite for passport issuance.” The State Department mentioned in its announcement that it was “pleased to use the occasion of” LGBT Pride Month to issue the passport policy changes.
In related news, earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced pro-homosexual changes to its competitive grant process for fiscal year 2010. In a public notice published June 7, HUD announced that it will now “require grant applicants seeking federal funding to comply with state and local anti-discrimination laws that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.” Grant applicants previously were required to comply with a number of “federal fair housing and civil rights” laws, including the Fair Housing Act and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.
In a press release, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said, “Today, we take an important step to insist that those who seek federal funding must demonstrate that they are meeting local and state civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.” HUD also announced that it will issue new regulations to “clarify that the term ‘family’ as used to describe eligible beneficiaries of HUD’s programs includes otherwise eligible LGBT individuals and couples.”
According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), 19 states and the District of Columbia currently prohibit housing discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation,” and 13 of those states plus D.C. also prohibit discrimination on the basis of “gender identity.” North Carolina is not among these states with pro-homosexual housing laws.
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