The UN Economic and Social Council is a group of non-governmental organizations that work to find solutions to social problems around the world and facilitate greater respect for human rights and human liberty. There are over 2100 NGOs involved with the council and recently two more applied for membership, the International Lesbian and Gay Association and the Danish Association of Gays and Lesbians. The United States joined forces with Iran, Egypt, China, Zimbabwe and Cameroon to not only prevent these groups from joining, but to prevent them from even getting a hearing on their application to join.
This is not exactly good company to be in. China is among the world’s most repressive nations, of course. Iran’s Muslim theocratic rulers have been busy putting gay teenagers to death over the last few months, and Zimbabwe, under Christian theocrat Robert Mugabe, has a long track record of imprisoning and executing gays. I am appalled, but hardly surprised, that the current administration would join this axis of bigotry. The rest of the world is rapidly moving ahead of us in protecting the freedom and dignity of gay people while we lag behind with the likes of these vile nations. It’s time to join the 21st century.