Tuesday, March 17, 2009

UPDATE: The United States' UN Controversy

UPDATE: Sources: US to sign UN gay rights declaration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that the Obama administration will sign a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality that President George W. Bush had refused to endorse.

U.S. officials said Tuesday they had notified the French sponsors of the declaration that the administration wants to be added as a supporter of the declaration. The Bush administration was criticized in December when it was the only Western government that refused to sign.

The officials said the administration had decided to sign the declaration to demonstrate that the United States supports human rights for all around the world.


This blog is dedicated to the fight for same-sex marriage, but once in awhile, I will diverge. For instance, now.

Proposition 8. No more rights to adoption. Rick Warren. And our own government rejecting the UN proposal to decriminalize homosexuality throughout the world. That's right. If you missed the news about that the last injustice, I don't blame you. Amongst the media's fixation on the economy and Obama's cabinet picks, and our justified uproar over Rick Warren, it's no surprise that some of us might have missed this.


Based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and proposed by the French, the nonbinding statement would make throwing gays into prison just for being gay, and in 77 countries, executing them, unacceptable and no longer tolerated by the UN. 66 countries, along with the whole European Union, has signed.

So why would our government, known for human rights leadership, align itself with China, Russia, and all of the Arab nations, who have a long rap sheet of human rights infringements? What's the lame excuse of our lame duck White House? It would contradict our "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy.

THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. I make a call to action that we as a community contact the United States' permanent UN Ambassador, Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad, and loudly voice of disapproval of this ignorant act by our country.

email: USUNPublicAffairs@state.gov
phone: 212-415-4050

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