The National Organization for Marriage is concerned that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is working to promote LGBT equality across the globe. Asking, “Is Obama spending your taxpayer dollars to promote gay marriage in the developing world?”, NOM tries to draw a distinction between human rights abuses, which it opposes, and discrimination, which of course it supports:
While many of the initiative’s goals are unquestionably laudable – stopping real human rights violations and abuses – one must wonder, based on the Obama administration’s domestic policies, whether marriage redefinition will be an essential part of “unleash[ing] the potential” of LGBT folks worldwide.
It seems very likely that such will be the case, but only time will tell.
In other words, NOM’s support for the human rights of LGBT people has strict limits. It’s apparently okay to advocate against criminalization and torture of LGBT people, but pushing for an end to discrimination in marriage and public accommodations is going too far. The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, approved in 1948, does not qualify human rights in this way. For example, Article 7 asserts that “all are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.” Article 16 offers that all “have the right to marry and to found a family.”
“Only time will tell” if NOM will ever recognize the LGBT community as whole people entitled to all their human rights. For now, they seem to think that’s just a waste of taxpayer money.