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LGBT envoy says aid is not linked to gay marriage rights

12 November 2015 | by Christopher Lamb
 
During a visit to the Vatican this week the United States envoy for the human rights of gays and lesbians described the claim that western aid to Africa is given on condition that those countries approve of same-sex marriage as “completely false”. “It is not. Period. Full stop,” he said, writes Christopher Lamb.The Synod on the Family’s final document last month said it was “totally unacceptable” that international organisations “attach conditions to financial aid to poor countries with the introduction of laws establishing marriage between persons of the same sex”. But Randy Berry, the first Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT people appointed by President Barack Obama this year, denied this was the case – despite the fac




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