Cheney accusing Mr. Kerry of a cynical political attack and Mr. Kerry dismissing the charge. Conservative Christians and gay rights groups also weighed in on the way Mr.
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Scott Applewhite, File. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas. Called the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said it will bring the nation "closer to equal liberty and justice for all. Sexual orientation and gender identity "deserve full civil rights protections - in the workplace and in every place, education, housing, credit, jury service, public accommodations," Pelosi said. The vote was , with every Democrat voting in favor, along with eight Republicans.
President Barack Obama has also appointed a record number of openly gay ambassadors , and around the world, his administration has championed equality. The State Department was encouraged by Congress, which required officials to report on the number of gay people they fired each year and complained that Foggy Bottom was full of homosexuals sympathetic to Communism. Ben Cardin D-Md. Government for this history of discrimination, and the grave injustice done to these State Department employees, based on their sexual orientation. His vice president, Mike Pence, has a long career history of opposing equality.
He previously served as the 68th United States Secretary of State from to An attorney and former naval officer, Kerry first drew public attention as a decorated Vietnam veteran turned anti-war activist. He went on to serve as a prosecutor and as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts , before serving as United States Senator from Massachusetts from to A member of the Democratic Party , he was the Democratic nominee for President of the United States in the election , which he lost to incumbent President George W.