ACLU Statement On President’s Endorsement Of UN Resolution Against Criminalization Of Physical Intimacy Between Same-Sex Couples

March 18, 2009 12:00 am

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The following can be attributed to Matt Coles, Director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project:

“It is terrific that the Obama administration is joining the United Nations’ resolution calling for an end to laws that make physical intimacy between same-sex couples a crime, and we are hopeful the U.S. will commit to taking a leadership role in ending discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people around the world. Many of these laws are no technicality. They are used to put people in prison and sometimes result in people being executed.

“That the Bush administration refused to endorse the resolution is pretty unbelievable considering the U.S. Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional to criminalize physical intimacy between consenting adults back in 2003.

“We welcome the decision to join this important declaration, and we urge the United States to match its action on human rights abroad with bold commitment to respect and promote human rights at home. We can begin putting an end to discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by, as the president has proposed, banning job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and by repealing the section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denies federal protections to those same-sex couples who have legally married.”

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