U.S. to Factor Gay Rights in Foreign Aid

    ** ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, APRIL 26 ** In this photo taken Feb. 20, 2010, Roodabeh Parvaresh, a 32-year-old lesbian Iranian refugee, right, sits with her partner, who asked not to be identified, in their apartment in Kayseri in central Turkey. When Parvaresh, a nurse, refused to participate in a three-way sex, she was threatened that she would be reported to authorities for being a lesbian and disgraced in front of her peers and neighbors. Parvaresh decided not to risk jail and headed to Turkey. She is one of more than 80 Iranian gay and lesbian asylum seekers in Turkey who fled their country where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death. (AP Photo)

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    The Obama administration has decided to take a new factor into consideration when weighing whether or not to provide a country with aid: how the government treats its gay and lesbian citizens. The change should be announced with a presidential memo followed by a speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from Geneva later today. The move will be the first by the U.S. government that attempts to combat human-rights abuses against homosexuals.

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