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It Was 'Pro-Family Day' at the U.N.

Wednesday, 01 May 2002 12:00 AM

Incredibly, the U.S. was on the losing side in the homosexual issue.

"Altogether, it was a pretty pro-family day," said Austin Ruse, who heads Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute in New York, a conservative organization that monitors U.N. activities.

According to the Washington Times, by a 29-17 vote with seven abstentions, the U.N. Economic and Social Council upheld a committee report rejecting demand from ILGA on the grounds that the Brussels-based lobby, with 300 member groups in 76 countries, did not document that it had purged pedophile groups such as North American Man/Boy Love Association.

The Times reported that the U.S. delegation remained silent during the debate over ILGA and voted on the losing side in a procedural vote to send the homosexual lobby's application back to the nongovernmental organizations committee for further investigation.

The Times noted that Richard Williams, a U.S. delegate to the committee, had argued in January to approve the group's application, saying that the ILGA was helpful in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

U.S. representatives said they believed it was necessary to further investigate ILGA's claims that it had purged groups that condone and promote sexual relations between adults and children, observers reported.

But Ishtiag H. Anrabi, a delegate from Pakistan, told the Times he thought the move by France and Germany to send the matter back to committee was merely a "delaying tactic" to buy another chance for ILGA, which otherwise must wait three years to reapply.

Anrabi noted that for more than a year, ILGA has refused to provide documentation or allow review of its membership list to demonstrate it has expelled pedophile groups.

"Fifty other groups are waiting for approval. We cannot hold 50 organizations hostage for this organization, especially when the ILGA will not answer our questions and come clean," he said.

Kursad Kahramanoglu, ILGA's co-secretary-general, said the group had refused to divulge its member affiliates because of "homophobia" that might endanger them throughout the world. "One of ILGA's aims is to help these people, not to jeopardize their security," he said.

The Times credited a coalition of Muslim and Catholic nations with "easily" overpowering the European supporters of the global homosexual lobby, previously suspended as a U.N. observer because of its links to pedophile groups.

In a second victory for pro-family forces, during informal negotiations on the major document for a U.N. Child Summit at the General Assembly next week, the U.S. moved to block a redefinition of "family" to include unmarried cohabiting couples and homosexual pairs.

The Times' George Archibald reported that the U.S. delegation announced that it opposed broadening the United Nations' definition of family, in place since 1995, to "the family, in its various forms."

The decision

Fortunately, under pressure from pro-family and conservative groups that support the United Nations' commitment (for now) to the "natural" family in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - a married heterosexual mother and father with their children and other blood relatives - the administration relented.

The pro-family forces had complained to the White House of "dangers" in the loose, undefined language proposed by European delegations.

"Even the European Parliament opposed this change in the traditional definition of family, ordering European delegates to stick with language adopted at the 1995 Copenhagen conference," an official at the Department of Health and Human Services, who has a role in U.S. preparations for the U.N. Child Summit, told the Times.

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