State Department Condemns Nobel Prize Winner’s Anti-Gay Remarks – ThinkProgress

The State Department is speaking out against Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s recent remarks in favor of criminalizing homosexuality. During a press conference yesterday, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland reiterated Secretary Hillary Clinton’s contention that gay rights are human rights and promised to “express some surprise and concern” with Liberian officials over the President’s sentiments.

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Obama State Department Refuses To Condemn Anti-Israel Rhetoric From EU Minister – WZ

QUESTION: Speaking of Gaza, do you have — there’s been some outrage in Israel over some comments that were made by your good friend [and EU foreign minister] Baroness Ashton (ph) in which she appeared to equate the situation in Gaza with the killing of children and teachers outside of this Jewish school in Toulouse.

Do you have any comment on that? Do you see her comments as making an — as drawing — I don’t know what the right word is — is being as — making — trying to show an equivalency between the situation in Toulouse — between what happened in Toulouse and the situation in Gaza?

State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland: Well, I think you know that we made our own statements from the White House and from here on how we see the situation in Toulouse and our condolences obviously and our concerns. I’m obviously not going to get between two sets of allies on this issue.

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