UN Human Rights Council: The family, not “various forms of the family”, deserve protection

family-png-image.pngThe United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution on the protection of the family and its role in the protection and promotion of the rights of older persons, by a recorded vote of 30 Member States in favour, 12 against, and 5 abstentions. A number of hostile amendments submitted by Malta on behalf of the European Union and by Switzerland, seeking both to replace recognition of the family as an institution with “families” (including in the title) and to recognise the existence of “various forms of the family,” were defeated, prompting EU members, the United States, the United Kingdom, and a number of Latin American countries to vote against the resolution.

“Various forms of the family” is code used by anti-family pressure groups to debase families and put non-families, including cohabiting sodomites and child traffickers, on an equal footing with them.  

Thankfully, the main sponsors were able to successfully parry the attacks and arguments of States which do not value the role of the family in the promotion and protection of human rights. The resolution was adopted by a resounding margin. This is even in spite of the fact that some of the resolution’s most stalwart patrons and supporters are no longer members of the Human Rights Council. The vote shows onnce more how isolated the West – once a lighthouse of civilization but today in moral and intellectual decline – is on cultural matters.