In the long list of things Pres. Obama is doing to bring the country into the 21st century, supporting international. universal decriminalization of homosexuality is one of them. (This is on top of ending the global gag rule on abortion and re-allowing the cultivation of stem cells for research.)
From the Associated Press:
The Obama administration will endorse a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality that then-President George W. Bush had refused to sign, The Associated Press has learned.
U.S. officials said Tuesday they had notified the declaration's French sponsors that the administration wants to be added as a supporter. The Bush administration was criticized in December when it was the only western government that refused to sign on.
The move was made after an interagency review of the Bush administration's position on the nonbinding document, which was signed by all 27 European Union members as well as Japan, Australia, Mexico and three dozen other countries, the officials said.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Congress was still being notified of the decision. They said the administration had decided to sign the declaration to demonstrate that the United States supports human rights for all.
"The United States is an outspoken defender of human rights and critic of human rights abuses around the world," said one official.
"As such, we join with the other supporters of this statement and we will continue to remind countries of the importance of respecting the human rights of all people in all appropriate international fora," the official said.
Little steps at a time. I think it's fantastic we are starting to see movement on progressive issues. And, hopefully, the economy will continue to improve ever so slightly...
...in short, I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, how about you?
Thank you, President Obama.