Rejoining The World
The real tragedy is that for eight years America refused to sign this, a demurral that will end.
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.
Our ability to speak out against human rights abusers throughout the world has been severely limited by the past eight years. So this is good. However, we have a long way to go. Repealing DOMA, stopping the shutdown of lawsuits through state secrets, ending the assertion of indefinite detention, &c...