It feels good to see us headed in the right direction. There was no reason not to endorse the U.N.'s declaration. Unless, of course, you're a homophobic, frothing fundie. I'm glad Obama's announcing this is no longer the case for the United States as a whole.
I've been ragging on Obama relentlessly over the ways in which he has continued the vile policies of the Bush administration. Here's a big attaboy for changing one ridiculous decision:The Obama administration will endorse a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality that then-President George W. Bush had refused to sign, The Associated Press has learned.
U.S. officials said Tuesday they had notified the declaration's French sponsors that the administration wants to be added as a supporter. The Bush administration was criticized in December when it was the only western government that refused to sign on.
Administration sources only spoke anonymously because they had not yet informed Congress of the decision, but they said exactly the right thing:[snip]
"In the words of the United States Supreme Court, the right to be free from criminalization on the basis of sexual orientation 'has been accepted as an integral part of human freedom'," the official said.
Amen, brother. Amen.
In other doing right news, Tim Geithner's fessed up:
Claiming full responsibility for the situation, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told CNN today that his office "asked Sen. Chris Dodd to include a loophole in the stimulus bill that allowed bailed-out insurance giant American International Group to keep its bonuses." He said he requested the measure to prevent costly governmental litigation.It looked for a little while like the Obama administration was going to play the coward and let Dodd be their scapegoat. Kudos for resisting the urge.
You might also want to throw a little support Obama's way to ensure that obnoxious Bush Health Care Denial rule gets nixed. Y'know - the one that would've let religous fuckwit doctors impose their morality on their female patients. Obama's moving to axe that one. Let's show him we've got his back.