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John Kerry apologized for how the State Department has treated LGBT peopleby Mike Denison

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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