In 77 countries around the world, it is legal to sentence death to a gay or lesbian person.
Yesterday, Obama’s administration signed a U.N. declaration calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality around the world. The move is notable for the fact that it is exactly the opposite of the Bush administration stance, who refused to sign on to the same declaration in December and reinforcing the U.S. lack of support for international GLBT rights. Well, this has all changed. In the clip above, one of my favorite talk show hosts, Rachel Maddow, notes that Obama’s support means that “it is OK to have the Gays.”
President Obama has made another sure sign of his support for GLBT equality. Now comes the hard part: convincing citizens on the domestic front to support home-grown issues of federal marriage equality, repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and unjust bans on adoption for gay families in places like Arkansas.