How wrong is this? The UN issued a Declaration (non-binding, naturally) sponsored by France and the Netherlands, that calls for an end to the execution, arrest and detention of homosexuals and transsexuals, and the US refuses to sign it based on some hokey-pokey nonsense that the Declaration was not compatible with the division between state and federal law. As if that ever stopped the USA from supporting something in the United Nations. The United States was the sole holdout among all major Western nations.
What’s really laughable about the United States refusal to sign the Declaration is that 60 years ago the United States was a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which included the timely and relevant Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Perhaps Vice-President Dick Cheney and Mr. Donald Rumsfield failed to read it?
In all, 66 of the U.N.’s 192 member countries signed the Declaration, including all 27 European union members, as well as Japan, Australia, and Mexico. Carolyn Vadino, a spokeswoman for the US mission to the UN said that United States condemned any human rights violations related to sexual orientation, despite our unwillingness to sign the Declaration.
Interestingly, the State Department requires all US Embassies to report on discrimination against LGBT communities in other countries, and they requires such reports on an annual basis.
From the Vatican, (see story on the left) which has seen protests over its position, Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said that the Roman Catholic Church opposes the declaration as they believe it would be used to pressure those who oppose gay marrage to accept such unions.
Syria, which spoke on behalf of about 50 countries, argued that domestic laws should be respected, and criticized the initiative as an attempt to give special prominence to gays and lesbians. The Syrian statement suggested that protection of sexual orientation could lead to “social normalization and possibly the legalization of deplorable acts.” Although the deplorable acts of pedophilia and incest were mentioned, polygamy, unsurprisingly, was not. (Bold face courtesy of The Daily Horse).