Dec 31 2008
A recently tabled resolution put before the United Nations aimed at decriminalising homosexuality and explicitly extending the universal declaration of human rights to include protection against discrimination, persecution and imprisonment based on sexual orientation has split the UN.
The resolution sponsored by France and The Netherlands was backed by 66 nations including the UK, but was opposed by 60 member states. The bulk of the opposition came from African and Arab States and of course the Vatican. The United States of America were the only major western country not to explicitly back the resolution.
It would seem that much of the world is not yet ready to accept lesbian, gay or bisexual orientations and wishes to continue to discriminate against us. Homosexuality is still illegal in some 80 countries and homosexual acts between men still carry the death penalty in Saudi Arabi and Iran.
Countries opposing the resolution claimed that legalising homosexuality would “normalise paedophilia”. I don’t know about you, but I’m spitting nails at that statement!
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