U.N. DECLARATION FOR GAY RIGHTS OPPOSED
January 15, 2009 10:27 AM Subscribe
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Alone among major Western nations, the United States refused to sign a United Nations declaration
calling for worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality. The U.S. was joined by China, Russia, the Roman Catholic Church,
and members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in rejecting the declaration. In 2004, the Vatican and Islamic Conference had lobbied vehemently and successfully
to prevent the U.N. Human Rights Commission from outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Nonetheless, in August, despite contentions from UN watchdogs about homosexual organizations' "historical alignment with organizations advocating pedophilia," the United Nations' Economic and Social Council
accorded two homosexual groups "consultative status"
for standards-making and problem-solving of economic and social issues. Presently, homosexuality remains illegal in 77 countries, in seven of which it is punishable by death
. The UN Declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity
remains open for signatures.