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Global Respect Act to further LGBT rights reintroduced

Human rights activists hailed the reintroduction of the Global Respect Act, which would direct the U.S. State Department to report gross violations of basic human rights against LGBT people in its annual human rights report to Congress and to ban foreigners who have committed or incited violations from entering the United States.

Openly gay U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, introduced the measure and was an original sponsor of the bill.

“It is important that the United States and the entire international community take a stand against gross human rights abuses committed against the LGBT community,” Cicilline said. “I am proud to introduce this legislation that will deny visas to those who do harm to persecute LGBT individuals. We must be clear that those who commit gross human rights abuses are not welcome in the United States.”

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