Saturday, March 21, 2009

Obama To Sign UN Declaration Decriminalizing Homosexuality

It's largely symbolic but symbols have great meaning. The Columbia Law School blog on gender and sexuality points out that the last time this declaration was made 50 countries signed on -- but not the U.S. Unbelievable, considering that in our own nation, and others, people are killed for being gay. We're slowly coming out of the backwater.

World Focus: In a staunch reversal from the prior administration, Barack Obama will sign a nonbinding United Nations declaration decriminalizing homosexuality. The U.S. had previously refused to sign the declaration when the U.N. General Assembly considered it in December –- the only major Western nation to do so
Sixty-six of the 192 United Nations member countries signed the resolution, but 70 members outlaw homosexuality and it carries the death penalty in seven nations.