Thursday, March 19, 2009

Decriminalizing the Gay

There has been another victory for reality-informed justice:

The Obama administration announced today that it will endorse a French-sponsored U.N. General Assembly declaration calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality, reversing a decision by the Bush administration last December to withhold U.S. support ... The December 18 U.N. General Assembly declaration ... condemns rights abuses against gays and urges states to pass laws to ensure that "sexual orientation or gender identity" can "not be the basis for criminal penalties, in particular executions, arrests or detention."
Such a measure was necessary because in the most god-drunk corners of the world, homosexuality remains a crime subject to grave punishment:
[H]omosexuality is still outlawed by more than 85 countries and that it is punishable by death in several Islamic states, including Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen ... The gender and sexual orientation discrimination declaration was sharply criticized by Islamic countries, which assert that it would promote sexual behavior that is considered socially unacceptable. The Vatican also denounced the declaration. [emphasis mine]
The holy books are wrong again: homosexuality is not a transgression, but a way of being human. This declaration is an excellent step toward that reality -- may as few people as possible suffer while we wait for all the corners of the world to realize it.

1 comment:

twoblueday said...

I take semantic issue with the phrase "holy books." I maintain that the word "holy" is (permit me here) is "wholly" devoid of meaning. I do not take issue with your main point.

Mistreatment of anyone due to their sexual orientation is, in my view, evil.