The United States Department of State has appointed anti-LGBT groups as part of America’s official delegation to a UN women’s rights conference.
The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, now in its 61st year, will take place at the UN’s headquarters in New York City this month.
Amongst those present we now know will be activists from the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) and the Heritage Foundation. These are two faith groups that oppose LGBT equality and women’s rights.
The Southern Poverty Law Center designated C-FAM as an anti-LGBT hate group in 2014. The group has attacked the “homosexual agenda”.
For its part, the Heritage Foundation has been involved in several legal battles opposing LGBT equality. The group has said that anti-discrimination laws grant LGBT people “special privileges”.
C-FAM’s president, Austin Ruse, once said that professors behind “the nonsense that they teach in women’s studies…should all be taken out and shot”. He was fired by the American Family Association for his comments.
“The penalties for homosexual behavior should not be jail time, but having some laws on the books, even if unenforced, would help society to teach what is good, and also would prevent such truly harmful practices as homosexual marriage and adoption,” said Ruse another time.
Ruse also has a complicated history with the UN. At CPAC 2012, he denounced the UN for issuing a resolution against the gay death penalty.
Additionally, Ruse has come after LGBT media, his group is a member of the World Congress of Families – a coalition working with the National Organization for Marriage and others to export anti-gay hatred to foreign countries – and he is on record as saying “the homosexual lifestyle is harmful to public health and morals.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is responsible for the delegation.
“In their Senate confirmation hearings, Secretary of State Tillerson and US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley repeatedly pledged to uphold the right to be free from discrimination as an American value. The appointment of these organizations to the official US delegation undermines their positions,” said Jessica Stern, executive director of OutRight Action International.
“I urge Secretary Tillerson and Ambassador Haley to ensure that the US delegation maintains non-discrimination at the CSW in the face of obvious pressure from these newly appointed members of the delegation.”