michael j. morris

A Global Declaration Towards Equality
19 March, 2009, 7:13 am
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“The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it would support a United Nations declaration to decriminalize homosexuality, just months after the Bush administration refused to back the measure.”

While this declaration is in no way binding and has no legislative effect within the United States, I view this to be a positive step. While we have yet to see the kind of legislative support promised to the LGBT community by President Obama during his campaign (promises such as repealing DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) and DADT (“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”), both of which were signed into law by President Bill Clinton), this is the first administration to support a global declaration affirming the equality of all people, including the LGBT community. If nothing else, it is my hope that this signals a shift in public consciousness, and a prelude to the legislative action that might soon be taken within this country.

I suppose only time will tell.