European Parliament Declares Gay Marriage and Abortion ‘Human Rights’
Do we need another example as to how we are morally behind Europe? Well here is at least two more.
On Thursday, the European Parliament voted to approve its “Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2013 and the European Union’s policy on the matter,” which declares both same-sex marriage and abortion to be fundamental human rights. The Parliament, which enjoys freedom from voter accountability, continues its legislative activism, pushing member states toward more liberal positions on virtually every social issue, and slinging loose language such as “homophobia.” - Freerepublic.com
Have you heard of the European Parliament before? What do they do?
The European Parliament has three main roles:
- debating and passing European laws, with the Council
- scrutinising other EU institutions, particularly the Commission, to make sure they are working democratically
- debating and adopting the EU's budget, with the Council. - Europa.eu
For more information and what kind of power the European Parliament actually has, go to Europa.eu . Here is a little bit of what they can do.
In the area of sexual orientation, the report urges the Commission “to raise the issue of LGBTI rights in political and human rights dialogues with third countries and multilateral forums” and enjoins its policy-working group, the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) to “support organisations defending LGBTI rights by empowering them to challenge homophobic and transphobic laws and discrimination against LGBTI people.”
The report applauds the legalization of same-sex marriage in an increasing number of countries (17 to date), and encourages the EU institutions and the member states to frame “the recognition of same-sex marriage or same-sex civil union as a political, social and human and civil rights issue.”
It is “regrettable,” the report states, that in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia “a bill constitutionally banning same-sex marriage is currently being considered in parliament,” claiming that “such developments contribute to a climate of homophobia and discrimination.” - Breitbart.com
Is the European Parliament more advanced in their beliefs than our Congress? It was reported that an overwhelming majority of European Parliament members approved the report, 390 voting yes, 151 no, and 97 abstaining. I doubt this vote and report will have an effect on our policies. Most of us do not pay attention to European news or politics, but maybe we should. But then again, if we do, we may shatter the belief that we are the most advanced nation in the world.
Why don't we poll our Representatives more about these issues and make them more nationally known. We are too many times focused on what states have these rights and those laws. Let's make our representatives accountable in DC and ask them point blank and make the results known.