Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Obama Administration to Sign UN Declaration to "Decriminalize Homosexuality"

Hilary White,

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2009 ( - The Obama Administration has confirmed that it will endorse a United Nations declaration that will call for the global "decriminalization of homosexuality." The State Department today endorsed the U.N. statement, saying that it did so out of concern over for "violence and human rights abuses against gay, lesbian, transsexual and bisexual individuals" and "the criminalization of sexual orientation in many countries."

The declaration in question, which former president George W. Bush refused to sign, has been heavily criticised by pro-family groups as a significant step towards the worldwide outlawing of religious opposition to the homosexualist political agenda.

State department officials said Tuesday that they had notified the declaration's sponsors that the administration wants to be added as a supporter. The declaration is being sponsored by France and the Netherlands at the request of homosexualist activist Louis-Georges Tin. It has been signed by all 27 European Union members of the UN's General Assembly, as well as Japan, Australia, Mexico and three dozen other countries, making a total of 66 of the UN's 192 member states. 70 UN member states outlaw homosexual activity and more than 50 nations opposed the declaration. The US was the only western country that had refused to sign.

Read the full article here.


  1. Are we surprised? No. Are we disappointed? Yes.

  2. I found this at NRO in reponse to a Goldberg blog on this subject.

    "It gets worse than that. For one thing this declaration, at its core, is NOT about simple decriminalization (which I suppose is dandy); it is about making sexual orientation a protected class in UN human rights anti-discrimination architecture. As such, criminalizing homosexuality would be illegal, as would a lot of other things possibly including hetero-exclusive marriage. (That is to say, if the end purpose of the declaration were mainstreamed at the UN. The declaration itself has no weight at all.) Furthermore, the counter-declaration was sponsored by Egypt and mainly supported (I think) by Muslim countries. You're absolutely right that left-realism should dictate that we make nice to them and not shove the work of Brussels Harvey Milks down their throats.


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