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Obama Administration to Endorse UN Declaration on LGBT Human Rights Refused by Bush

A United Nations declaration on human rights which calls for the global decriminalization of homosexuality which the U.S. declined to sign under Bush last December will be endorsed by the Obama administration, the AP reports:

Earth "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 move was made after an interagency review of the Bush administration's position on the nonbinding document, which was signed by all 27 European Union members as well as Japan, Australia, Mexico and three dozen other countries, the officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Congress was still being notified of the decision. They said the administration had decided to sign the declaration to demonstrate that the United States supports human rights for all. 'The United States is an outspoken defender of human rights and critic of human rights abuses around the world,' said one official. 'As such, we join with the other supporters of this statement and we will continue to remind countries of the importance of respecting the human rights of all people in all appropriate international fora,' the official said. 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."

The Vatican and the Organisation of Islamic States have been vocal in their opposition to the declaration.

The global petition initiative was launched by Prof. Louis-Georges Tin, president of the International Committee for IDAHO (the International Day Against Homophobia)

Said Peter Tatchell of London's activist group OutRage! in December: "It will be the first time in its history that the UN General Assembly has ever considered the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) human rights."

The text of the declaration, AFTER THE JUMP...


Petition “For a universal decriminalization of homosexuality”


The Universal declaration of Human Rights

Article 1.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Article 3.

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 12.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.


The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (adopted by General Assembly resolution 2200A (XXI) of 16 December 1966, entry into force 23 March 1976)

Article 17

1. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honour and reputation.

2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.


The Human Rights Committee’s decision in Toonen v. Australia (04 April 1994)

We ask the United Nations to request a universal abolition of the so-called “crime of homosexuality”, of all “sodomy laws”, and laws against so-called “unnatural acts” in all the countries where they still exist.

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  1. Some good news. I needed that today.

    Posted by: Bobby | Mar 18, 2009 12:55:21 PM

  2. Nice, good even, but this exercise is really just a way to impress gullible people who are grasping at straws to come up with something, anything, that'll undercut the truth about Obama.

    The truth is that he pandered to bigots from day one and continues to do so. He torpedoed our chances on Prop 8 and rewarded cult bigot Warren at the Inaugural. He's chosen a 'spiritual advisory council' from the worst bigots in the country and he's hiring prayer writers not just speech writers. We have to wonder if the White House budget includes séance tables and Ouija boards. Obama appointed his Minister of Pandering, the most reverend Joshua Dubois to head up his Ministry of Bribery, aka, doling out billions to grubby sky pilots, pastors and priests via 'faith based' charities. Dubois is a pentecostal minister like Leah Daughtry who enforces anti-GLBT policy at the DNC.

    This was an easy maneuver for Obama. If he wanted to do something real for us in international relations there are two easy steps he could take immediately.

    He could go all out to tell refugees from places like Uganda and Iran that murder GLBT folks that they’d be welcomed with open arms in the US. He could order Hillary Clinton to open the gates of all US embassies and consulates to people in danger of being tortured and murdered.

    He could permanently break diplomatic relations with the catholic cult at the Vatican. They’re bigots, they actually murder people when they oppose the use of condoms to limit the spread of HIV/AIDS and the pope is a Nazi.

    Don't hold your breath

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Mar 18, 2009 4:21:40 PM

  3. This is a very important moment for the LGBT people of the world.
    The link to L-G Tin doesn't work.

    Posted by: RobertBallantyne | Mar 18, 2009 7:19:29 PM

  4. good gawd, Bill. have you made it your life's goal to be an "agua fiestas"? wait, they're calling your name. listen, "debby downer, party of one of the most bitter people on earth! your crow is ready."

    Posted by: nic | Mar 18, 2009 8:43:53 PM

  5. Too bad Obama can't come out loud and clear against Prop8 & DOMA at home where it counts. No matter how enlightened and progressive he is considered by many of the posters here, bottom line he is against same sex marriage. That position is completely indefensible and no different than Bush. And anyone that disagrees or criticizes him is tarred and feathered as a racist. This is what his campaign and many supporters did to Hillary and how they cowed the Democratic party to nominate him.

    Posted by: lucifier | Mar 22, 2009 12:30:23 PM

  6. This is excellent news!

    Is anyone having trouble with the links in the text? The URLs are literally the words of the article O_o

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 22, 2009 9:22:59 PM

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