While the left were was splashing rainbows on government buildings to celebrate the destruction of “traditional” marriage, the global community was reaffirming God’s created definition, the union of one man and one woman, proving beyond any doubt that federal judges cannot alter the truth.
Approved by a vote of 27 to 14, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed the Protection of the Family resolution, urging member states to adopt laws and policies that support the family as a fundamental part of society and recognizing the right of parents to educate their children.
The resolution was passed with the enthusiastic support of China and Russia, powers that spent the latter part of the last century trying to eradicate the natural family, and with the full force of African nations and socially conservative NGOs. China and Russia learned the hard way how destructive anti-family policies can be. And, maybe it’s just a coincidence, but both countries have seen a rapid growth of Christianity in recent years.
Naturally the left, led by the Obama administration, and other left-wing Western governments attempted to amend the resolution by inserting reproductive rights, a euphemism for the murder of unborn children, and by expanding the definition of families. When that failed they attempted to defeat it. And, when that failed, they attacked. One group known as the Sexual Rights Initiative bizarrely warned that recognizing the “natural” family would “perpetuate patriarchal oppression, traditions and harmful practices…,” such as forced marriages, marital rape, child abuse, female genital mutilation, dowry related violence and honor killings, problems that they failed to mention occur most often in Islamic countries.
Sharon Slater of Family Watch International said that the U.S. lobbied against the resolution with great energy, noting Obama’s agenda of blackmailing foreign nations to accept homosexuality and same-sex marriage as a right or lose foreign aid.
There is no doubt that the Protection of the Family resolution speaks of natural, traditional marriage, the definition of which can be found in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an indirect product of Christian Democracy. Christian democracy was a movement ironically brought to fruition by the European disasters of Fascism and Nazism, with roots in the thoughts of Pope Leo XIII, Dutch politician Abraham Kuyper, and theorists such as Emmanuel Mournier, Etienne Gilson, Wilhelm Roepke, an Etienne Bourne. Rejecting extreme individualism, these men called for the defense of “natural institutions” that necessarily stood between the individual and the state, the “most indispensable, primary and natural” of which “is the family.”
Article 16 of the 1948 document declares that “men and women of full age…have the right to marry and found a family” and that “family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and entitled to protection by society and the state.”
During the debate of Article 16, a delegate from Uruguay urged the deletion of the word “natural,” arguing that the way family was constructed was secondary in importance. His amendment was soundly rejected and the words “natural” and “family” remained firmly bound together, a clear testimony to the triumph of natural law.
It should come as no surprise that Obama has twice led an effort at the UN to gut Article 16, seeking to oust the word “natural,” insisting that marriage and family comes in many forms. Yet, despite threats, bribes and extortion aimed especially at vulnerable nations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, these efforts have fallen on deaf ears.
Judicial tyranny to force a left wing agenda will never grant legitimacy to same-sex marriage. Legitimacy comes from widespread acceptance, not from imposition.