UN resolution in favor of the natural family: the enthusiasm from family associations
A "tremendous victory for the family." This is how Family Watch International, a non-profit organization founded in 1999, hailed the resolution for the protection of the family, which was approved by 26 favorable votes, 14 unfavorable and 6 abstentions, on June 25th, during the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
"It is the first time ever in the history of the United Nations― notes Family Watch International―that a comprehensive resolution has been passed calling for the protection of the family as a fundamental unit of society, recognizing the prior right of parents to educate their children, and calling on all nations to create family-sensitive policies and recognize their binding obligations under treaty to protect the family." The outcome of this undertaking was not foreseeable: many States received and interpreted the instances of gay lobbies to mitigate the text’s references to the family as a union between a man and a woman. All amendments designed to include the mention of types of union between people of the same sex were rejected, including those promoted by the United Kingdom, which had the backing of the United States, Germany, France, Brazil, Chile, Ireland and Austria. Italy was also among the countries that voted against the resolution. Venezuela and Bolivia, the African, Middle Eastern, and Asian countries (with the exception of South Korea and Japan), Russia and Kazakhstan voted in favor of the resolution. All the European countries were opposed, with the exception of Macedonia, which abstained. According to Sharon Slater, president of Family Watch International, promoting the LGBT agenda abroad has become "a primary objective of U.S. foreign policy." This is said in reference to the fact that the U.S. delegation threatened to withdraw assistance to developing countries if they were to support the natural family. With respect to this, the international secretary of the World Congress of Families, Allan Carlson, explained that under the Obama administration, "threats, bribes and extortion" aimed at "vulnerable countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe" have become common strategies in the effort to export the sexual revolution.