The United States finds itself increasingly out of step on gay rights compared to other nations in the western hemisphere. While the State Department speaks nice words against anti-gay discrimination in Africa and elsewhere overseas, the fact that gays face open, stat endorsed discrimination in states like Virginia is conveniently overlooked. Now, the Organization for American States has adopted an anti-discrimination resolution that ostensibly the USA doesn't comply with. The Washington Blade looks at the development and how the Obama administration continues to talk out of both sides of its mouth when it comes to gay rights. Pretty words are not what is needed. We want and need to see real action. Here are highlights from the Blade article:
The Organization of American States on June 5 adopted an anti-discrimination resolution that includes sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
“Every human being is equal under the law and has the right to equal protection against all forms of discrimination and intolerance in whatever aspect of public or private life,” it reads.
The resolution the OAS adopted during its annual meeting that took place in Antigua, Guatemala, also said member countries have an obligation to prevent “all acts and demonstrations of discrimination and intolerance.” These include hate and bias-motivated violence and using the Internet and other media to incite “hate, discrimination and intolerance” against marginalized groups.
Anti-LGBT discrimination and especially violence remain serious problems in the hemisphere in spite of recent advances on same-sex marriage and other issues in countries that include Brazil and Uruguay.
The U.S. State Department has spoken out against anti-LGBT violence in Jamaica and other countries that include Honduras and Perú.
Wilson Castañeda Castro, director of Caribe Afirmativo, a Colombian LGBT advocacy group that works in cities along the country’s Caribbean coast, attended the OAS meeting in Guatemala. He told the Washington Blade earlier this week his group welcomes the anti-discrimination resolutions.
“This has been a triumph for the region’s LGBT and Afro-descendent movement,” Castañeda said.
Note the language of the resolution : "member countries have an obligation to prevent “all acts and demonstrations of discrimination and intolerance." Here in Virginia, one can be fired for being gay - even by state agencies and departments - and we can be refused housing and accommodations. And, of course, our relationships receive no legal recognition and we are deprived of over 1000 legal rights. Let's be real. America's behavior- and laws like DOMA - makes a mockery of the new resolution.