India not letting U.S. envoy for ‘LGBT rights’ into the country

India not letting U.S. envoy for ‘LGBT rights’ into the country

[Ed. – Memo to Team Obama: adopting a posture of chronic national weakness is not the way to force a post-modern view of homosexuality on other nations.  India is too big to be bullied on this matter.]

Washington has been seeking to send Susan Coppedge, its newly appointed anti-people trafficking ambassador, and Randy Berry, its special envoy for LGBT rights, to New Delhi this month.

Human trafficking has caused friction between the United States and India. The countries also disagree on gay rights, which the Obama administration promotes, while homosexuality in India is illegal.

The source, who did not want to identified, said the visits had run into problems. …

The human trafficking issue blew up in 2013 over the arrest of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, for visa fraud and underpaying a domestic worker who was later given a U.S. “T visa” issued to trafficking victims.

Khobragade’s arrest and strip search provoked an outcry in India and the issue has festered, although U.S.-India relations have strengthened since Modi came to power in May 2014, with both sides stressing shared strategic interests.

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