Anti-Gay Protesters Halt LGBT-Inclusive Seoul Human Rights Charter in South Korea

Seoul, South Korea has scrapped a planned human rights charter offering protections for gay citizens following protests from anti-gay groups

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Seoul, South Korea has scrapped a planned human rights charter offering protections for gay citizens following protests from anti-gay groups, reports Pink News.

The charter, which was proposed by the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) in August and was due to be enacted on December 10th to coincide with International Human Rights Day, included a clause that a person “has the right not to be discriminated against based on his or her sexual orientation or sexual identity.”

SeoulHowever, the last six public hearings on the charter were protested by anti-gay Christian groups.

Last Friday, almost half of the 180 citizen volunteers selected by the SMG to be a part of the enactment of the charter left a hearing in the city hall when they were told that the inclusion of the clause on gay rights would be decided by a vote.

While 60 of the remaining 73 volunteers voted in favor of the gay rights clause, the SMG said it was postponing the charter’s enactment as the citizen members had “failed to agree on the final copy of the charter successfully.”

In a statement, the SMG said:

“The charter of human rights for Seoul citizens is supposed to be a pact created and enacted by the citizens themselves.

“Unfortunately, working on this charter has been creating more social conflicts. We would like to take more time to listen to a variety of opinions from our citizens on this matter.”

In October, Seoul mayor Park Won-soon became the first mainstream South Korean politician to endorse gay marriage.

Comments

  1. says

    exactly, Steve.

    one of my best friends was subjected to three “gay exorcisms” as a teen in South Korea before he moved to NY.

    it’s amazing how many people continue to use their religion/faith as an excuse, not a reason but an excuse, to persecute and oppress.

  2. TampaZeke says

    Too bad the city leaders didn’t realize that the anti-gay Christian hate that was displayed was ugly and undeniable proof of the need for such an ordinance. Basically they caved to terrorist demands.

  3. Randy says

    “The charter of human rights for Seoul citizens is supposed to be a pact created and enacted by the citizens themselves.”

    LOL. If the citizens were left to decide equality on their own, the US would still be segregated by race (reading the Mississippi court’s decision on marriage equality is instructive on this point). While governments and courts often don’t get it right either, they have a better chance of it, because they have to at least pretend to examine the actual issues.

  4. jamal49 says

    American-style, evangelical christianity is very prominent in Korea and has corrupted much of the Korean political process. I live around Koreans and they are rabidly anti-LGBT but very hypocritical. The joke around here is Koreans like to go to church but only to ask forgiveness for gambling, drinking, smoking cigarettes like chimneys and having sex with everybody else’s wife or husband.

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