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El Salvador protest: US ambassador violated diplomatic protocol to endorse gay rights

July 07, 2011

A coalition of pro-family groups in El Salvador has charged that the US ambassador to that country was guilty of a “clear violation of the rules of diplomacy” when she wrote a newspaper article calling for legal recognition of “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.”

Ambassador Mari Camen Aponte made her support for gay rights clear in an article that appeared in El Diario de Hoy. The pro-family groups said that her statement was a breach of UN rules that bar diplomats from public involvement in the political affairs of the countries to which they are assigned. Diplomats are also expected to respect the norms of the local culture, the protesters said.


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  • Posted by: Defender - Jul. 07, 2011 7:19 PM ET USA

    What of our Secretary of State helping Lady Gaga get to Italy for a gay festival or whatever it was? Seems like there are two rules that our government uses in their conduct: theirs and theirs and if you don't like it, it's a hate crime....

  • Posted by: rpp - Jul. 07, 2011 6:22 PM ET USA

    Rules are different for sexual deviants; in fact most rules do not apply to them. Think carefully on that.