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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at Premier House in Wellington, New Zealand Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. The United States has agreed to resettle an unspecified number of refugees languishing in Pacific island camps in a deal that is expected to inspire more asylum seekers to attempt to reach Australia by boat, officials said on Sunday. U.S. Secretary of StateKerry confirmed that the United States had "agreed to consider referrals" from the United Nations refugee agency on Australia's refugees. (Mark Ralston/Pool Photo via AP)

John Kerry apologized for how the State Department has treated LGBT people

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Secretary of State John Kerry publicly apologized on Monday afternoon for the State Department's treatment of LGBT employees.

"In the past - as far back as the 1940s, but continuing for decades - the Department of State was among many public and private employers that discriminated against employees and job applicants on the basis of perceived sexual orientation, forcing some employees to resign or refusing to hire certain applicants in the first place," Kerry wrote. "These actions were wrong then, just as they would be wrong today."

Here's the State Department's announcement tweet.

Some observers called the move "bold."

Others responded with gratitude.

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