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US To Call for Worldwide Decriminalization

Jim Burroway

March 17th, 2009

Via the Associated Press:

The Obama administration will endorse a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality that then-President George W. Bush had refused to sign, The Associated Press has learned.

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

…The official added that the United States was concerned about “violence and human rights abuses against gay, lesbian, transsexual and bisexual individuals” and was also “troubled by the criminalization of sexual orientation in many countries.”

“In the words of the United States Supreme Court, the right to be free from criminalization on the basis of sexual orientation ‘has been accepted as an integral part of human freedom’,” the official said.

In light of recent failures of American ant-gay leaders to denounce recently announced criminalizing initiatives in Uganda and elsewhere, this is very welcome news.

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Pomo
March 17th, 2009 | LINK

Although the UN is a basically useless bureaucracy, its still nice to see our name on that list.

Stefano A
March 17th, 2009 | LINK

In light of recent failures of American ant-gay leaders to denounce recently announced criminalizing initiatives in Uganda and elsewhere, this is very welcome news.

Better late than never, as they say.

Question: Is this something that the US Congress has to vote approval for?

Joel
March 18th, 2009 | LINK

Seems to me like the numbers dont add up.
66countries signed the declaration(which means that they don’t outlaw homosexuality)
70 countries outlaw homosexuality…

But there are more than 136 countries in the UN. Seems like there are a couple Bushs out there. Do they all find the legal problems Bush did in the nonbinding resolution(?)?

Stefano A
March 18th, 2009 | LINK

Just as an FYI:

The Dept of State has issued their official statement to the press:

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2009/03/120509.htm

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