Kerry sorry for past State Department discrimination against gays

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File photo of Secretary of State John Kerry by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

File photo of Secretary of State John Kerry by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry publicly apologized on Monday for the State Department’s institutional discrimination in the past against gay and lesbian diplomats.

In a statement, Kerry said discrimination suffered by homosexual State Department workers has gone on since the 1940s. He said denying some people jobs and forcing diplomats out of the foreign service was “wrong then” and “wrong today.”

Speaking on behalf of the department, Kerry apologized to all those who were discriminated against and said the department was committed to “diversity and inclusion for all our employees, including members of the LGBTI community.”

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