“Anti-discrimination and protective laws should be enacted to reduce human rights violations against men having sex with men including in the context of HIV/AIDS in order inter alia to reduce the vunerability of men who have sex with men to infection by HIV and to the impact of HIV/AIDS. These measures should include providing penalties for vilification of people who engage in same sex relationships, giving legal recognition to same sex marriages and/or relationships and governing such relationships with consistent property, divorce and inheritance provisions. The age of consent to sex and marriage should be consistent for heterosexual and homosexual relationships. Laws and police practices relating to assaults against men who have sex with men should be reviewed to ensure that adequate legal protection is given in these situations.” [source]
The AP reports the Obama administration intends to endorse this document inter alia specifically to press for international gay rights. The Bush administration and the Catholic Church have heretofore refused to support it because (1) it goes beyond reasonable human rights abuses and (2) it subjects sovereign governments to questionable legal commitments. The Lord’s Church should not support these documents because they (1) conflict with the biblical mandate to evangelize the world on Christ’s specific orders. (2) conflict with our higher, biblical moral standards. Particularly with sexual issues of which such standards are immutable. (3) conflict with biblical absolutes which direct the parameters of Christian living and practice.
Gay rights groups hailed the move.
“The administration’s leadership on this issue will be a powerful rebuke of an earlier Bush administration position that sought to deny the universal application of human rights protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals,” said Mark Bromley of the Council for Global Equality, which promotes equal rights for homosexuals.
“This is long past overdue and we are encouraged by the signal it sends that the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will now be considered human rights,” said Rea Carey, the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.