Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on December 10, 2008
During a UN session between Dec 15th and 20th, the United Nations General Assembly is expected to table for the first time ever a declaration that would decriminalize homosexuality in all member nations.
The declaration is being put forward by France, after a big push by French Gay Rights and Black activist Louis-Georges Tin (http://www.idahomophobia.org). The declaration currently has support of roughly 54 nations, including all 27 members of the European Union (EU).
Notably however, many nations are remaining silent, although not opposed to the issue, including the United States, China and Cuba. There is a coalition forming opposing the measure however, headed by the Vatican and the Organization of Islamic States. The vatican released a statement effectively stating that it was opposed to the discrimination this declaration would pose to nations that have laws making homosexuality illegal. “.. protecting LGBT people against discrimination is an act of discrimination against those who discriminate. Since the Vatican is against discrimination, it opposes discrimination against countries that discriminate. This is the mediaeval mindset of the Pope and his placemen” said Peter Tatchell of the London based LGBT rights group “OutRage.”
Personally I find it incredibly interesting that the United States is the ONLY western democratic nation that is refusing the support the measure. What does it say about us that we claim to be the “land of the free” but cannot even support the legalization of human rights? America is getting closer and closer to supporting equal rights within it’s own borders, but when it comes to international affairs, we fall up short to Bosnia and Japan (both of whom are supporting the declaration).
This is the first time the UN has ever discussed LGBT rights, and with a few days left before it comes up, I say HOORAH to those nations willing to say that the days of segregation, hate, and discrimination ARE OVER!!!