Anti-Gay "Conscience Clause" -- at the UN too
U.S. officials expressed concern in private talks that some parts of the declaration might be problematic in committing the federal government on matters that fall under state jurisdiction. In numerous states, landlords and private employers are allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation; on the federal level, gays are not allowed to serve openly in the military. ...
The Dutch foreign affairs minister, Maxime Verhagen, said countries that endorsed the 1948 document had no right to carve out exceptions based on religion or culture that allowed discrimination against gays.
"Human rights apply to all people in all places at all times," he said. "I will not accept any excuse."
This is where they have "concern -- as opposed to the UN's views on war, torture, and most other things -- and the Geneva Convention -- and multiple other international treaties, laws, and agreements -- all of which we ignore when we wish. But this -- this they say will somehow be binding on us and affect our laws -- and private businesses.
Susan Rice, our incoming UN Ambassador, is said to be focusing on human rights --
... "She was one of the few people to live in the foreign-policy world who understood global issues, transnational issues like human rights, climate change and terrorism," ...
will we be included too?