A rare apology from the State Department.

FOX's Jon Decker has more from the White House:

Secretary of State John Kerry issued an apology on behalf of the State Department to past LGBT employees who were impacted by what he called discriminatory practices of the past.

Kerry said that as far back as the 1940's, 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.

Kerry in a statement said that some individuals were forced to resign or were denied employment in the first place.

Those actions, Kerry said, were wrong then, just as they would be wrong today.

At the White House, Jon Decker, FOX News.