Blinken, 58, told U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) during his confirmation hearing he would “repudiate” the Commission for Unalienable Rights that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo created in 2019.
The commission — which LGBTQ advocacy groups have challenged
in federal court — sought to stress “natural laws and natural
rights.” Pompeo tapped Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard Law School
professor and former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican who is known for her strong
opposition to marriage rights for same-sex couples, to chair it.
Blinken during his confirmation hearing also said he would once again allow ambassadors to fly Pride flags at their embassies. Blinken further pledged to raise the State Department’s special envoy for the promotion of LGBTQ rights to an ambassador level position.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Dan Baer is among those who welcomed Blinken’s confirmation.
Congratulations to @ABlinken — a Secretary of State who will lead the @StateDept with grace, wisdom, values, and kindness.