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

Photogallery Early Nigeria Results Show Buhari Leading; Tampering Concerns Mount

One local group monitoring polls is concerned politicians might use security agencies to 'fiddle with the election collation process' at state level More

UN: 7,300 Civilians Killed in Boko Haram Insurgency

A senior UN humanitarian official tells the United Nations Security Council 1,000 people have been killed this year More

Turkish President Warns Iran About Trying to Dominate Middle East

Warning comes amid growing concerns inside Turkey that it will be sucked into a sectarian conflict with its neighbor More

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.
Film Tells Story of Musicians in Mali Threatened by Jihadistsi
X
Greg Flakus
March 30, 2015 6:48 PM
At this year's annual South by Southwest film and music festival in Austin, Texas, some musicians from Mali were on hand to promote a film about how their lives were upturned by jihadists who destroyed ancient treasures in the city of Timbuktu and prohibited anyone from playing music under threat of death. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin, some are afraid to return to their hometowns even though the jihadists are no longer in control there.
Video

Video Film Tells Story of Musicians in Mali Threatened by Jihadists

At this year's annual South by Southwest film and music festival in Austin, Texas, some musicians from Mali were on hand to promote a film about how their lives were upturned by jihadists who destroyed ancient treasures in the city of Timbuktu and prohibited anyone from playing music under threat of death. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin, some are afraid to return to their hometowns even though the jihadists are no longer in control there.
Video

Video With Coalition Airstrikes, Iraq Entering 'Last Page' of IS Battle

American warplanes joined Iraq's battle against the so-called 'Islamic State' in northern Iraq late Wednesday, as Iraqi ground troops launched a massive assault on Tikrit. Analysts say the offensive could take the coalition a step further towards Mosul, the largest city held by Islamic State forces. Others say it could also deepen already-dangerous sectarian tensions in the region. VOA's Heather Murdock has more from Cairo.
Video

Video Philippines Wants Tourists Spending Money at New Casinos

Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in the Philippines. Close to five million foreign visitors traveled there last year, perhaps lured by the country’s tropical beaches. But Jason Strother reports from Manila that the country hopes to entice more travelers to stay indoors and spend money inside new casinos.
Video

Video Civilian Casualties Push Men to Join Rebels in Ukraine

The continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and the shelling of civilian neighborhoods seem to be pushing more men to join the separatist fighters. Many of the new recruits are residents of Ukraine made bitter by new grievances, as well as old. VOA's Patrick Wells reports.
Video

Video Islamic State Prisoners Talk of Curiosity, God, Regret

Islamic State fighter, a prisoner of Kurdish YPG forces, asked his family asking for forgiveness: "I destroyed myself and I destroyed them along with me." The Syrian youth was one of two detainees who spoke to VOA’s Kurdish Service about the path they chose; their names have been changed and identifying details obscured. VOA's Zana Omer reports.
Video

Video Germanwings Findings Raise Issue of Psychological Testing for Pilots

More is being discovered about the co-pilot in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps. Investigators say he was hiding a medical condition, raising questions about the mental qualifications of pilots. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.
Video

Video Hi-tech Motorbike Helmet's Goal: Improve Road Safety

In cities with heavily congested traffic, people can get around much faster on a motorcycle than in a car. But a rider who is not sure of his route may have to stop to look at the map or consult a GPS. A Russian start-up company is working to make navigation easier for motorcyclists. Designers at Moscow-based LiveMap are developing a smart helmet with a built-in navigation system, head-mounted display and voice recognition. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video DOJ: Illinois National Guard Soldier Tried to Join ISIS

U.S. federal law enforcement agents arrested two suburban Chicago men accused of trying to join ISIS overseas, while also plotting attacks in the United States. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports from the Midwest state of Illinois, one of those arrested is a soldier of the Illinois National Guard.
Video

Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Traditional push-rim wheelchairs create a lot of stress for arm, shoulder and neck muscles and joints. A redesigned chair, based on readily available bicycle technology, radically increases mobility while reducing the physical effort. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.

VOA Blogs

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More