Human Rights – In Geneva on Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced via a memorandum from President Obama that the United States will support gay rights throughout the world. The administration vows to combat nations which criminalize homosexuality, foster abuse against them, or ignores such abuse.
“Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct, but in fact they are one and the same,” Clinton said at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
While it was not specified how the Obama administration intends to accomplish this, financial aid to less-developed countries might certainly make leaders take notice. Countries such as Saudi Arabia – where sex between two people of the same sex is punishable by death – will probably not be too thrilled with the announcement. The gay vote in the 2012 election could be positively influenced by this vow to promote gay rights on an international level.
Many LGBTQ people were less than thrilled when the president had Rev. Rick Warren give the invocation at his inauguration, a pastor known to be anti-gay and anti-same sex marriage. Of course Rick Perry is not happy. The conservative politician called the decision a misinterpretation of American tolerance of different lifestyles, and this instead is an endorsement of those lifestyles.
Mrs. Clinton’s aides were concerned how the statements would be received by more conservative nations present at the Council, and they did not reveal too much about what she intended to discuss. Clinton presented the ideas as being similar to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by nearly 50 countries after World War II.
Fortunately, of the 47 representatives who attended the Council none left after Clinton’s speech.
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