By Junior Mayema,
This is not about breaching or undermine the sovereignty of countries but this is about protecting fundamental human rights for all everywhere, this is good news to be able to share far and wide as reminder to homophobic countries persecuting their LGBT population that they are going to be held accountable here is the good news below :
WASHINGTON DC – In the wake of President Barack Obama’s commitment in the State of the Union to defend the human rights of the LGBT community, Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-California) today introduced bicameral legislation to affirm that LGBT human rights are a foreign policy priority for the U.S. government.
Originally introduced last year by Markey, the International Human Rights Defense Act would direct the State Department to make preventing and responding to discrimination and violence against the LGBT community a foreign policy priority and devise a global strategy to achieve those goals.
The legislation would establish a Special Envoy position in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor to coordinate that effort.
More than 80 nations around the world have laws that criminalize homosexuality, prohibit public support for the LGBT community, or promote homophobia.
In seven countries, homosexuality is punishable by death.
“When President Obama addressed the nation and committed to defending the human rights of the LGBT community, we made that commitment to the world,” said Markey, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“With the rights of the LGBT community under attack around the globe, we must stand hand-in-hand with them in the struggle for recognition and equality everywhere. It is vital to have a dedicated position at the State Department spearheading that effort. The International Human Rights Defense Act will promote a coordinated effort across the federal government to support our position as a model for defending LGBT and human rights around the world, and I thank Rep. Lowenthal for his partnership on this important legislation.”
“We must do what we can as a nation to enforce the precept that all human beings, regardless of where they live, are entitled to a basic set of human rights which include the right to love who they choose without fear of punishment or death. LGBT rights are human rights,” Lowenthal said.
Specifically, the International Human Rights Defense Act directs the Department of State to:
* Make preventing and responding to discrimination and violence against the LGBT community a foreign policy priority and devise a global strategy to achieve those goals.
* Coordinate efforts to promote international LGBT human rights with local advocacy groups, governments, multilateral organizations, and the private sector.
* Create the position of “Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Peoples” in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, which will be responsible for all inter-bureau and inter-agency coordination of the United States government’s efforts to defend human rights for the LGBT community internationally.
* Continue to include a section on LGBT international human rights in the annual State Department Report on Human Rights.
Original cosponsors in the Senate include: Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.Y.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Bob Casey (D-Penn.).
Original cosponsors in the House include: Representatives Tony Cardenas, David Cicilline, Steve Cohen, Gerrald Connolly, Susan Davis, Suzan DelBene, Ted Deutch, Keith Ellison, Eliot Engel, Anna Eshoo, Elizabeth Esty, Chris Gibson, Alan Grayson, Luis Gutiérrez, Richard Hanna, Alcee Hastings, Jim Himes, Mike Honda, Sheila Jackson Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Hank Johnson, William Keating, Derek Kilmer, Barbara Lee, Ted Lieu, Sean Patrick Maloney, Betty McCollum, Jim McDermott, Jim McGovern, Jerrold Nadler, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Scott Peters, Mark Pocan, Jared Polis, Mike Quigley, Jan Schakowsky, Brad Sherman, Kyrsten Sinema, Adam Smith, Jackie Speier, Mark Takano, Dina Titus, Nydia Velázquez, and Frederica Wilson.
The legislation is endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign, Advocates For Youth, American Jewish World Service, Human Rights First, Freedom House, Equality Federation, Council for Global Equality, Anti-Defamation League, Global Justice Institute, Metropolitan Community Churches, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, PFLAG National, Transgender Law Center, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, and International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.
but the United States is also a very homophobic country and must deal with its own government institutionalized homophobia while tackling homophobia everywhere here are some disturbing news in the USA:
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The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed an ethics complaint against Alabama’s Supreme Court chief justice alleging he put his personal views against gay marriage ahead of his job as a judge.
Earlier this week, Roy Moore vowed to ‘stop judicial tyranny and any unlawful opinions issued without constitutional authority’ after US District Judge Callie V.S. Granade declared the state’s ban unconstitutional.
‘Moore is once again wrapping himself in the Bible and thumbing his nose at the federal courts and federal law,’ SPLC President Richard Cohen said in a statement.
‘As a private citizen, Moore is entitled to his views,’ Cohen added. ‘But as the chief justice of Alabama, he has a responsibility to recognize the supremacy of federal law and to conform his conduct to the canons of judicial ethics.’
Moore had sent a letter to Atlanta Governor Robert Bentley in which he also stated: ‘As you know, nothing in the United States Constitution grants the federal government the authority to redefine the institution of marriage.’
Moore is no stranger to controversy.
In 2003, he was removed from office for refusing to remove a monument to the commandments from the state judicial building. He became known as ‘The 10 Commandments’ judge won back his chief justice seat in 2012.
The SPLC complaint states that Moore has committed numerous ethics violations and ‘is encouraging lawlessness by attempting to assemble a virtual army of state officials and judges to oppose the federal judiciary and its “tyranny” – the opposite of what is expected from the state’s chief judge.’