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Sources: US to Sign UN Gay Rights Declaration

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posted on Mar, 18 2009 @ 09:33 AM
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Sources: US to Sign UN Gay Rights Declaration


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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.
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posted on Mar, 18 2009 @ 09:33 AM
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Well, its been signed by all 27 E.U members, Japan, Mexico, Australia, and three dozen others. And it took us this long to get with the program!
I can't imagine the list of countries we were on before we signed it.


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.

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Yet again, for a country that claims to be a champion of human rights and oppresion we should probably do a little bit more regarding the human rights issues of those with different preferences in the bedroom.


Gay rights and other groups had criticized the Bush administration when it refused to sign the declaration when it was presented at the United Nations on Dec. 19. U.S. officials said then that the U.S. opposed discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation but that parts of the declaration raised legal questions that needed further review.

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Oh yeah? Heard that one before.


According to negotiators, the Bush team had concerns that those parts could commit the federal government on matters that fall under state jurisdiction. In some states, landlords and private employers are allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation; on the federal level, gays are not allowed to serve openly in the military.

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Real classy Bush, Real classy......


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posted on Mar, 18 2009 @ 09:40 AM
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Interesting to see how this would affect things such as Prop 8 and Amendment 2. Either way, good to see the US moving closer towards equality.



posted on Mar, 18 2009 @ 09:43 AM
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I don't think it would. All this does is say that the US supports decriminalizing homosexuality. Meaning, we don't approve of people being charged with a crime for being gay.



posted on Mar, 18 2009 @ 09:46 AM
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Another reason to celebrate the bigot leaving the White House. Celebrate!




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