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10.4.04

Slippery UN Slope

U.N. Gay Policy Is Assailed

Representatives of dozens of Islamic and African nations, as well as the Vatican, led the revolt against Annan's recent directive to offer medical, pension and other benefits for same-sex partners whose home governments have recognized their domestic partnerships.

... Iranian deputy representative Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi argued that the General Assembly — not Annan alone — should decide what constitutes a family. Saudi Arabian Ambassador Fawzi Shobokshi said that same-sex marriage was a taboo in all religions, and a "great evil" that threatened family unity.

-- via The Hamster


If the UN starts recognizing gay marriage, then before you know it they'll be recognizing polygamy! It's a slippery slope.

Oh ... wait:
Under most U.N. regulations, marriage has been defined as a union between a man and a woman — or between a man and up to four women for countries where polygamy is legal. U.N. legal experts relied in part on that definition to include gay and lesbian staffers' partners.


On a more serious note, it's interesting that the arguments put forth against the policy include not only the consequentialist "damage to families" argument, but also the procedural-majoritarian argument that the policy is being implemented as an executive mandate based on legal logic, not as a result of a legislative vote.

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