Wednesday, January 25, 2006

U.S. Joins With Iran, China and Cuba to Oppose Gay Groups

Currently this story is only being published by partisan media outlets, so I don’t know if we’re getting the all the facts, but it appears that the United States has voted against the inclusion of gay rights groups into the UN Economic and Social Council. The Council is the only means through which non-governmental organizations can participate in UN meetings. Over 3,000 NGOs are part of the council, so it’s not an exclusive group.

Joining us in rejecting admission to these groups were Iran, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Cuba and China. Yes, we sided with some of the most oppressive and brutal regimes in the world. What wonderful company for us to keep.

If true, this is disgraceful. What possible motivation would we have to deny gay rights groups a spot on a council that includes 3000 other groups? Is the current administration so hostile towards gays that it prefers to side with countries that execute homosexuals rather than allow gay groups to discuss issues important to them?

I hope this story has been misreported or misconstrued.

hat tip The American Moderate Party by way of Andrew Sullivan.

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