The Associated Press reports that the U.S. will sign on to a U.N. declaration on the decriminalization of homosexuality. Officials have notified the French sponsors of the intent to sign on. George Bush had refused to sign the statement, leaving the U.S. as the only Western nation refusing to do so. Read more.
Yesterday, a statement on the decriminalization of homosexuality and protection of LGBT human rights was presented to the United Nations. The statement called on countries to protect LGBT from discrimination in hiring and housing, as well as a most important call to repeal laws the criminalized homosexuality or put a death penalty on it.
Among the Western nations that didn’t sign it, one name sticks out: The United States of America.
A report from The AP by writer David Crary tells us why:
According to some of the declaration’s backers, U.S. officials expressed concern in private talks that some parts of the declaration might be problematic in committing the federal government on matters that fall under state jurisdiction. In numerous states, landlords and private employers are allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation; on the federal level, gays are not allowed to serve openly in the military.
Oh, so it was a technicality. That makes me feel much better. On a day chock full of political B.S. — from Obama’s pick of Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation to the news there’d be no openly gay cabinet posts — this story only adds to the frustration.
France’s UN declaration on the universal decriminalization of homosexuality is being considered this week. If passed, the resolution would call on all nations of the world to stop penalizing homosexuality, which is illegal in 86 countries. In at least seven of those, death is the sentence.
According to Peter Tatchell, it is going to be presented tomorrow, on the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights.
In the meantime, the Vatican and the Organization of Islamic States are teaming up to lead the fight against the resolution. While the Holy See teams up with Islamic fundamentalists (many of whom have supported muderous terrorists), the U.S. sits idly by while watching the rest of the civilized world speed past them on a path to recognizing the right to human dignity and life, regardless of sexual orientation.