There’s a girl fight brewing in Washington! Lesbianic Representative Tammy Baldwin joined a handful of colleagues – Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Gary Ackerman, as well as Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen – in deriding the State Department’s gay inequality.
We have followed with great interest and concern the media coverage of the workplace inequities facing gays and lesbians in the U.S. Department of State. As in the case of Former Ambassador to Romania Michael Guest, the inequitable treatment of gay and lesbian Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) and their partners should not be allowed to lead highly qualified employees to leave the State Department at a time when their service is needed more than ever. Many of these inequities could clearly be remedied through your leadership as Secretary, without legislative changes. We write to highlight basic and common-sense policy changes that beg your prompt attention and ask that you act to make eliminating inequities facing gays and lesbians at the State Department a priority.
Good for you, Tammy, but don’t be surprised if Condi and company break your heart.
Here’s the PDF of the entire letter.