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Congressman: I 'Do Not Construe Homosexual Rights as Human Rights'

The New Jersey lawmaker challenges the Obama policy on gays.

New Jersey Representative Christopher Smith is one of the GOP's social conservative stalwarts, the perennial author of pro-life bills written to prevent any taxpayer money from ever funding an abortion. He's a human rights campaigner; it was Smith who passed legislation that created a separate processing system for child migrants fleeing violence in Central America. Smith also chairs the House Foreign Affairs Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Subcommittee, where on Jan. 27, at a hearing about crises in Nigeria, he informed the principal deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's Bureau of African Affairs that he had a distinct definition of "human rights."

"There are fundamental differences in the United States over the whole LGBT issue," said Smith to Robert Jackson, the deputy assistant secretary. "I am a strong believer in traditional marriage, and do not construe 'homosexual rights' as 'human rights.' Has the administration's view on LGBT affected in any way, or in any way hindered, U.S. support to combat Boko Haram?"