Obama's support of 'gay marriage' matches foreign policy initiatives

By Michelle Bauman

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Austin Ruse.

President Barack Obama's recent announcement in support of “gay marriage” reflects what he is already doing on an international level, said the head of a United Nations watchdog group.

Promoting gay causes overseas is a “key part of his foreign policy,” said Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, which monitors social policy debate at international institutions.

Ruse told EWTN News on May 11 that the Obama administration has been pushing an alarming homosexual advocacy agenda overseas, despite objections from many other countries.

In a groundbreaking statement on May 9, Obama announced his support for “gay marriage,” telling ABC News' Robin Roberts, “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

The president had previously avoided any explicit support for “same-sex marriage,” although he had ordered his administration to stop enforcing a federal law that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

However, Ruse observed, while the president had previously maintained some level of hesitancy towards “gay marriage” domestically, he had already gone “far down that road already” in matters of foreign policy.

Obama had “endorsed the idea that sexual orientation and gender identity should be a new category of nondiscrimination in international law, on par with religious freedom,” he explained.

He said that the president has already been directing American embassies in other countries to aid domestic homosexual movements, even if doing so is against the wishes of the local people or government.

The Obama administration has previously drawn criticism for its support of gay advocacy abroad.

In a Dec. 2011 speech in recognition of International Human Rights Day, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the administration was making the homosexual cause “a priority of our foreign policy.”

She announced that the U.S. would give more than $3 million to a new Global Equality Fund in order to help civil society organizations promote homosexual advocacy.

Shortly before Clinton’s speech, Obama issued a memo outlining the first U.S. government-wide strategy for advancing gay legislative interests overseas.
He instructed all federal agencies that act abroad to advance pro-homosexual initiatives in their work with foreign aid, development and international organizations. 

Critics accused the Obama administration of trying to create a new “basic human right,” pointing out that homosexual conduct has not been established as a human right by any treaty or widely-accepted international agreement.

They warned that as a powerful nation that gives substantial aid to poor countries and has a strong voice in many international organizations, the United States has the ability to promote “gay marriage” and gay adoptions on countries and people that oppose them.

Ruse said that the Obama administration has attempted to force a viewpoint on “gay marriage” that is rejected in many countries around the world.

He explained that there is “overwhelming” international support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Attempts to include “sexual orientation and gender equality” issues in United Nations documents are repeatedly made, he said, but they are consistently defeated, due to the objections of about 90 countries that are willing to speak up adamantly against it.

Ruse pointed to efforts in recent weeks to place controversial pro-homosexual language in a document developed at the latest session of the Commission on Population and Development.

This attempt was rejected by numerous countries, and the language was not included in the final document, he said.

While Ruse believes that Obama’s support for “gay marriage” reflects a viewpoint that he is already implementing abroad, the public announcement of it could mark the next step in furthering such efforts.

What Obama’s recent statement will do, he said, is “give aid and support” to individuals and groups seeking to redefine marriage abroad.

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