Yesterday, President Obama gave international gay rights a serious boost when he issued a memorandum saying fair treatment of LGBT people worldwide is a priority of the administration.
Secretary Clinton did him one better, though, when she took to the microphone before the United Nations in Geneva and delivered a 30-minute speech (13-minute version above) highlighting her belief that human rights and gay rights are one and the same, and that we need to start providing aid to marginalized LGBT people across the world.
She acknowledged that America still has a way to go herself:
I speak about this subject knowing that my own country’s record on human rights for gay people is far from perfect. Until 2003, it was still a crime in parts of our country. Many LGBT Americans have endured violence and harassment in their own lives, and for some, including many young people, bullying and exclusion are daily experiences. So we, like all nations, have more work to do to protect human rights at home.
Seeing as this is the first time a United States politician has vocally promoted gay rights on an international level, in no uncertain terms, the mainstream was quick to pay attention, right?
Um, not quite.
ThinkProgress’ Igor Volsky noted that “while MSNBC devoted four separate segments to the administration’s announcement—with ample coverage from Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell— and Fox News even included the story in Bret Baier’s Special Report, CNN, ABC World News, and the CBS Evening News ignored it entirely.” He also notes that the NBC Nightly News “did cover the story at the top of the program.”
And, of course, right-wing wing nuts are completely freaking out over this. Click through for the reactions from anachronistic Christian groups, objectionable Republican presidential candidates, and “stony-faced” anti-gay diplomats.
NEXT: How did the Right respond?
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