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The U.S. Houses of Congress introduced an LGBT rights bill which seeks to address and promote the rights of LGBT people around the world.

The International Human Rights Defense Act was reintroduced by Democrats, Senator Edward Markey and Representative Alan Lowenthal, reported Reuters.

The bill makes LGBT rights a priority in the U.S. State Department, empowering it to respond to LGBT rights violations throughout the world. The bill was originally filed by Markey last year, but never went to vote.

“When President Obama addressed the nation and committed to defending the human rights of the LGBT community, we made that commitment to the world,” Markey said, referring to Barak Obama’s State of the Union Address, earlier this year.

“With the rights of the LGBT community under attack around the globe, we must stand hand-in-hand with them in the struggle for recognition and equality everywhere,” he continued.

With the State of Union Address, Obama became the first president to directly call for LGBT equality.

“That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender,” he said. “We do these things not only because they’re right, but because they make us safer.”

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