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03/18/2009

AP: Obama to right another Bush wrong

by Jeremy Hooper

Bush refused to back it. But Obama is most certainly not Bush:

WASHINGTON – 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.

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The official added that the United States was concerned about "violence and human rights abuses against gay, lesbian, transsexual and bisexual individuals" and was also "troubled by the criminalization of sexual orientation in many countries."
Sources: US to sign UN gay rights declaration [AP via Yahoo! News]

So why is the Obama administration rightfully concerned? Well, because at least 70 U.N. member nations still consider homosexuality a crime, with punishments like life imprisonment or even execution still an option for some.

And why was the Bush Co. so woefully negligent? Well, because that administration was truly, truly terrible. Just awful.

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Prior to the Lawrence decision, Bush did say that he supported keeping Texas' sodomy laws. In the same as saying that he supported equal rights for all. The man is a cretin.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Mar 18, 2009 9:13:57 AM

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