Obama supports U.N. Resolution to Decriminalize Gays
by bruh3, Tue Jan 27, 2009 at 09:41:13 AM EST
Gone unnoticed was a non- binding U.N. resolution last month which would have advocated decriminalizing homosexuality in the member countries. Now, comes news that Obama plans to support the resolution:
This resolution was particularly important because 6 countries in the world still engage in state based execution of gays.
WARNING (The following is an image of two gay teens being executed in Iran):
In other words, in countries like Iran, gays can still be executed for being gay. These executions also occur in Iraq:
This is nothing unique to gay history including this kind of violence at the state level. Indeed, gays were the only victims of the Holocaust not to be protected as a class after the end of Nazi rule in Germany. In the U.S., although no de jure, there are thousands of cases of gay bashing a year. Many of these abuses go unreported.
The U.S., itself, did not decriminalize homosexuality until the Lawrence decision earlier in this decade overturned Bowers v. Hardwick. As a result of Lawrence, people who were imprisoned essentially for being gay (and yes there were a few) were released. However, across the planet while death may not be end result of homsexuality, inprisonment is.
You can see this is African countries like Nigeria, heavily influenced by evangelicals like Rich Warren.
Therefore, it was wonderful to read that the Obama administration under U.N. Represenative Susan Rice will be supporting the resolution. This is in stark constrast to the Bush administration, which uses the rather lame excuse of state's right to justify remaining neutral on the resolution. The state argument they made was that they did not want to affect the ability of state laws regarding employment and housing.
Translation: They wanted employers and landlords to have the right to fire gays and throw us out of our homes. Hopefully, this is something that will be addressed this year with ENDA.
As I have said before, we should praise Obama when he does something right. We should critique him when he does something wrong. But, here he is most certainly doing something for the betterment of human rights everywhere.