UN head calls for end to law criminalizing homosexuality

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
Respect homosexuals' rights
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
'Respect homosexuals' rights,' Ban Ki-Moon says.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called for an end to laws that criminalized homosexuality and demanded greater respect for the homosexual and transgender rights.

Speaking on the 62nd anniversary of the UN’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec 10, he said: “Today, many nations have modern constitutions that guarantee essential rights and liberties. And yet, homosexuality is considered a crime in more than 70 countries. That is not right.”

However, the UN secretary’s statement has come under attack by conservative and evangelical groups.

President of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) Austin Ruse said that Moon was reading the homosexual agenda into the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He said the UDHR covers homosexuals as much as anybody else, but “it does not include the homosexual agenda.”

Ruse said the UN secretary was trying to mainstream the homosexual agenda. “It is not simply about ending capital punishment and the criminalization of homosexuality….It’s about putting the homosexual agenda on par, and actually above, freedom of religion.”

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