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UN leader demands African nations respect ‘gay rights’

Catholic World News - January 31, 2012

Addressing over 30 African leaders at an African Union summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded that they respect “gay rights.”

“Let me mention one form of discrimination that has been ignored or even sanctioned by many states for far too long, discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” he said. “Confronting this discrimination is a challenge. But we must live up to the ideals of the Universal Declaration [on Human Rights].”

Ironically, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights refers to marriage as a male-female union: “men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family.”

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  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 31, 2012 7:13 PM ET USA

    Like politicians everywhere, they seldom read. Freedom of Religion is also a UN human right.

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