News / USA

    US Group Urges Nations to Block Efforts to End Discrimination Against Gays

    Mark Phariss (L) clutches the hand of partner Victor Holmes as they talk to the media outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 12, 2014.
    Mark Phariss (L) clutches the hand of partner Victor Holmes as they talk to the media outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 12, 2014.
    Mariama Diallo
    Leaders of a new U.S. organization say the group will combat what they call a global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender agenda. Scott Lively of Defend the Family International and Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality unveiled the Coalition for Family Values at the National Press Club in Washington.

    Lively said the Coalition for Family Values wants what it calls "family friendly nations" to block efforts to end discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. “The LGBT agenda has already gone too far, but it’s still advancing,” he said.

    Among those nations he applauded is Russia. “As the 2014 winter Olympics come to a close in Sochi, Russia, we want to praise the Russian Federation for providing much-needed leadership in restoring family values in public policy, and to encourage the governments of the world to follow the excellent example of what the Russian government has said in 2013 and 2014 by banning LGBT propaganda to children and limiting the adoption of children to natural families only,” said Lively.

    At Friday's news conference in Washington, he said about 70 anti-gay activists and religious leaders from the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and Brazil have so far joined the coalition.

    “Let us pray for healing for those who choose the LGBT path and within reason respect their rights to be wrong and their private lives, but let us not allow the LGBT political movement to transform the world in its own distorted image,” he said.

    Peter LaBarbera, of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, said American liberals do not care about religious teachings against homosexuality or protecting children from what the group says are efforts to normalize homosexual behavior and gender confusion.  

    “Children need a mom and a dad; and a homosexual partner cannot substitute for what a mom or a dad brings to a natural family,” said LaBarbera.

    Gay rights activists with the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance heckled the speakers. Ellen Sturtz was one of them.

    “I would like to stand for equality and stop the killing that’s going on in your name in Uganda and Russia,” said Sturtz.

    Lively has campaigned in the United States, Europe and Africa for laws against the gay rights movement.

    You May Like

    S. African Farmer Goes From 'Voice in the Wilderness' to Sought-After Expert

    Margarest Roberts has authored more than 40 books on subjects like organic farming, urban agriculture, herbs and ‘superfoods'

    Millennial Men Prefer Bucks Over Beauty

    U.S. men aged 18 to 34 say the finances of a potential significant other are more important than her looks

    Multimedia Lebanese Clown Troupe Marks Valentine's Day Amid Stink

    Activists resort to unusual approaches to raise public awareness of country’s ongoing trash crisis

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: faceless from: canada
    February 25, 2014 12:37 AM
    When will the bigots wake up? The hatred. And speaking of values? Haha.
    By the way trans persons used to exist 1 in 30000. Not to many yes? Well mother nature loves us so much she increased our birth rate 200x hahaha. Some of you hating mothers and fathers will soon have to deal with watching your trans daughter get raped assaulted by cis men. But I'm sure you will stand back and not take care of your own. Christianity is about love and acceptance. Not kill homosexuals and non whites.
    Oh well I'm sure one of you will be made a fool of when you pick up a hot trans girl. Or your preaching hatred and yet harbor your homo and trans kids. The reality of these day and ages is a rejoicement of ALL of gods creations. Of course you know better coz you and god talk yes in church. Yea he told you to hate. Yes your all phonies and time will prove most of you to be hyprocrates.

    by: Evv from: USA
    February 24, 2014 12:13 AM
    There are many USCitizens who praise the Russian community for standing firm against evil. Our country has lost it's way. I also wish to apologize for the arrogance of those who made fun of the preparation and hard work that went into hosting the Winter Olympic. I saw the closing only and thought it was truly magnificent.
    In Response

    by: Ian from: USA
    February 24, 2014 10:50 AM
    I like to add this as well,
    and a few years back Stalin was the only God and the Communist Manifesto was the only bible, your Russian communist friends would love to give you the one way ticket to hard labor camp in Siberia for believing in any God or Gods until you see your maker.
    In Response

    by: Michael Cowan from: United States
    February 24, 2014 3:21 AM
    a few years back your conservative friends with gladly murder you for being a communist sympathizer. Lucky for you progressives are here to protect your freedoms.

    by: ed from: nj
    February 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    From what I see from these posts from Africa...thank God the majority of Americans are a tolerant people. Live and let live. There are hundreds of millions of gay men and women on this planet.
    In Response

    by: Collins from: Nigeria
    February 24, 2014 7:55 AM
    Tolerant people you said? Then how come... "Gay rights activists with the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance heckled the speakers."? You don't like us in Africa becos we simply refuse to go against d law of nature. Problem wt ppl like you is that you think you are smarter than us in Africa. You think u could hide behind words, your govts & d so-called UN to bamboozle us into accepting d unthinkable. But even if 3billion ppl(half of d world's popn), including myself become gay today, that still does not mk it right! Pls live wt this fact.

    by: Hillary kemboi from: kenya
    February 23, 2014 12:07 PM
    let US respect our culture and virtures we do want sodomy &gomora behavior

    by: Anonymous from: Nigeria
    February 23, 2014 10:47 AM
    Thought all decent & right-thinking Americans hv all gone lily-livered in the face the sustained tyranny of a few but vocal gay activists. Now I know better. Keep it up, guys! Let your voice be heard for you are on the proper side of history.

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    February 22, 2014 7:06 AM
    Thank God there is someone there who speaks out to save America. The present constitution of America geared toward promotion of darkness and doom is about to bring on end of the world starting from USA. It's not only Russia that has stood out against the American and European madness called gay right, many countries in Africa have made their stand firm to abrogate it. Even China is against it but lacks the spine to stand on its feet. We pray that Russia does not chicken out so soon, because it does not appear too strong to stand by what it preaches. Even now, just so that he doesn't incur a massive boycott of the winter Olympics, Putin almost yielded to pressure. That is not the character of someone to rely on to give the leadership. Now Russia took a right step in the right direction; will it stand firm in its rejection and condemnation of gay issues as it has stood behind its allies Iran and Syria against western meddle-mania? As the US threatens countries that reject gay rights with sanctions and withdrawal of aid, it behooves China to also threaten USA with withholding of loans to strangulate its operations if USA meddles in any country's affairs by trying to force them imbibe gay rights. What is needed to stem USA and Europe's field day threatening countries to accept gay rights is a strong political leadership which for now neither Russia nor China has proved to be able to afford. Only countries of South America have shown little audacity to confront USA, but that has been in other areas than gay right issues. But Africa (with the exception of South Africa) needs encouragement to sustain the fight against gay spread. For in the basic communities of Africa lies the hope to preserve the earth.
    In Response

    by: Ian from: USA
    February 24, 2014 10:34 AM

    A keen observer would always find this interesting human behavior quite common :
    "peoples who live in glass houses are typically the ones who up in arms throwing stones at others' glass windows the most yet never seems to touch their own.
    Let save one own country from barbarous female genital mutilation and butchering then eating human flesh before trying to save another country from gay and lesbians won't we!


    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Russia's Car Sales Shrink Overall, But Luxury and Economy Models See Growthi
    X
    February 10, 2016 5:54 AM
    Car sales in Russia dropped by more than a third in 2015 because of the country's economic woes. But, at the extreme ends of the car market, luxury vehicles and some economy brands are actually experiencing growth. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Russia's Car Sales Shrink Overall, But Luxury and Economy Models See Growth

    Car sales in Russia dropped by more than a third in 2015 because of the country's economic woes. But, at the extreme ends of the car market, luxury vehicles and some economy brands are actually experiencing growth. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Civil Rights Pioneer Remembers Struggle for Voting Rights

    February is Black History Month in the United States. The annual, month-long national observance pays tribute to important people and events that shaped the history of African Americans. VOA's Chris Simkins reports how one man fought against discrimination to help millions of blacks obtain the right to vote
    Video

    Video Jordanian Theater Group Stages Anti-Terrorism Message

    The lure of the self-styled “Islamic State” has many parents worried about their children who may be susceptible to the organization’s online propaganda. Dozens of Muslim communities in the Middle East are fighting back -- giving young adults alternatives to violence. One group in Jordan is using dramatic expression a send a family message. Mideast Broadcasting Network correspondent Haider Al Abdali shared this report with VOA. It’s narrated by Bronwyn Benito
    Video

    Video Migrant Crisis Fuels Debate Over Britain’s Future in EU

    The migrant crisis in Europe is fueling the debate in Britain ahead of a referendum on staying in the European Union that may be held this year. Prime Minister David Cameron warns that leaving the EU could lead to thousands more migrants arriving in the country. Meanwhile, tension is rising in Calais, France, where thousands of migrants are living in squalid camps. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Valentine's Day Stinks for Lebanese Clowns

    This weekend, on Valentine's Day in Lebanon, love is not the only thing in the air. More than half a year after the country's trash crisis began, the stink of uncollected garbage remains on the streets. Step forward "Clown Me In," a group of clowns who use their skills for activism. Before the most romantic day of the year the clowns have released their unusual take on love in Lebanon -- in a bid to keep the pressure up and get the trash off the streets. John Owens reports from Beirut.
    Video

    Video Families Flee Aleppo for Kurdish Regions in Syria

    Not all who flee the fighting in Aleppo are trying to cross the border into Turkey. A VOA reporter caught up with several families heading for Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria.
    Video

    Video Rocky Year Ahead for Nigeria Amid Oil Price Crash

    The global fall in the price of oil has rattled the economies of many petroleum exporters, and Africa’s oil king Nigeria is no exception. As Chris Stein reports from Lagos, analysts are predicting a rough year ahead for the continent’s top producer of crude.
    Video

    Video 'No Means No' Program Targets Sexual Violence in Kenya

    The organizers of an initiative to reduce and stop rape in the informal settlements around Kenya's capital say their program is having marked success. Girls are taking self-defense classes while the boys are learning how to protect the girls and respect them. Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi.
    Video

    Video Chocolate Lovers Get a Sweet History Lesson

    Observed in many countries around the world, Valentine’s Day is sometimes celebrated with chocolate festivals. But at a festival near Washington, the visitors experience a bit more than a sugar rush. They go on a sweet journey through history. VOA’s June Soh takes us to the festival.
    Video

    Video 'Smart' Bandages Could Heal Wounds More Quickly

    Simple bandages are usually seen as the first line of attack in healing small to moderate wounds and burns. But scientists say new synthetic materials with embedded microsensors could turn bandages into a much more valuable tool for emergency physicians. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Researchers Use 3-D Printer to Produce Transplantable Body Parts

    Human organ transplants have become fairly common around the world in the past few decades. Researchers at various universities are coordinating their efforts to find solutions -- including teams at the University of Pennsylvania and Rice University in Houston that are experimenting with a 3-D printer -- to make blood vessels and other structures for implant. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, they are also using these artificial body parts to seek ways of defeating cancerous tumors.
    Video

    Video Helping the Blind 'See' Great Art

    There are 285 million blind and visually impaired people in the world who are unable to enjoy visual art at a museum. One New York photographer is trying to fix this situation by making tangible copies of the world’s masterpieces. VOA correspondent Victoria Kupchinetsky was there as visually impaired people got a feel for great art. Joy Wagner narrates her report.
    Video

    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.