ROME, January 17, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The homosexualist lobby, one of the most powerful at the European Union and Council of Europe, has been busy over the last month, particularly with preparations for opposing Russia’s “gay propaganda ban” in the lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympics. The main player in Europe’s branch of the movement is ILGA Europe, (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association,) an NGO funded directly by the European Union and a consortium of far-left foundations.
The group works tirelessly and systematically to bring the homosexualist ideology to legal and social fruition in every country of the European Union, issuing demands, normally with the wholehearted support of activist MEPs, that nations like Serbia and Croatia toe the line before they are considered for membership in the EU.
In countries where civil partnerships are already established, they work to change the definition of marriage to include same-sex partnerings. In countries that have created same-sex “marriage,” they work to expand the tax laws to match natural marriage. Many countries that create “gay marriage” hestitate to allow adoption of children, so this becomes the next item on the agenda.
ILGA Europe, works hand-in-glove with a group of activist MEPs in the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights, the largest of the EU’s Intergroups, whose members, numbering over 150, call it an “an informal forum for Members of the European Parliament who wish to advance and protect the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people”. Among the LGBT Intergroup’s leading areas of interest is the prevention of “homophobic bullying,” a buzzword that has been especially successful for silencing opposition and bringing the ideology’s message into the UK’s faith schools.
ILGA Europe, like many of its relatives in homosexualist lobbying at the international level, is funded by a consortium of powerful far-left philanthropists and NGOs as well as government bodies, including George Soros’s Open Society Institute and the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the United States’ State Department. The parent group, ILGA, founded as the International Gay Association (IGA) in 1978, is an umbrella group representing 750 organizations worldwide. It is now represented through affiliates in 110 countries and is recognised as an NGO at the EU and UN as well as enjoying consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
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Portuguese Parliament blasted for allowing referendum on gay 2nd parent adoption
LISBON – The Portuguese parliament has aroused the fury of homosexualist activists by passing a proposal for a referendum on second parent adoption within “gay marriages”. Homosexual campaigners have long opposed any proposals to put the changes to the definition of marriage before the public.
ILGA Europe said in a statement on their Facebook page that putting the question to a public vote would slow or even “endanger” the next “progressive step” for “same-sex parenting recognition in Portugal”.
In May last year, parliament passed a bill that would allow second-parent adoption in “gay marriages” but the measure drew criticism in a subsequent committee, which prompted the Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe to send a letter to Parliament demanding that the measure be made law. In October, the measure was halted when a group of MPs from the majority Social Democratic Party brought a measure to allow a public vote and this was passed last week, and will now be examined by the Constitutional Court.
In 2009, the Constitutional Court voted 3–2 that the constitution “does not demand the recognition of same-sex marriage” but also does not oppose it. Following the 2009 election the new Socialist government brought forward legislation to render the definition of marriage “gender neutral”. The proposal to put the question to a referendum was rejected by the majority-left parliament. In 2010, the Constitutional Court did an about-face when ruling on the constitutionality of the “gay marriage” bill, with three members of the court now saying that the constitution did require it.
Immediately following this victory, the homosexualist movement launched bills to legalise same-sex adoption. In May last year, Parliament passed a law allowing same-sex “married” partners to adopt the other partner’s children, but a proposal to allow full joint adoption was defeated.
ILGA Europe called the proposal for a referendum an “extremist stand” and predicted that it would fail to be approved by the court. It is “generally seen as an undignified attempt to delay a final vote on second-parent adoption and ILGA Portugal has called it a form of political bullying on children and families who are waiting for their legal recognition,” the group said.
ILGA Europe lashes out at Russian propaganda ban
BRUSSELS – With the publication by the Russian government of a scathing report on the EU’s promotion of homosexuality, ILGA Europe retaliated with another report blasting the Russian government’s ban on homosexual propaganda.
The report complains that since Vladimir Putin gained the presidency in 2012, “the Russian government has introduced a series of repressive laws that increasingly limit the civil society space and practically outlaw certain minority groups and activities of human rights defenders advocating for their rights.”
The furore over the Russian propaganda ban has reached fever pitch in the lead-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. ILGA Europe has called on governments not to send high-level officials to the Games. They said the Russian government’s policy is “incompatible with principle 6 of the Olympic Charter, which states that any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on the grounds of race, religious, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement”.
At the same time ILGA Europe is demanding the EU suspend negotiations with Russia over liberalisation of visa restrictions for EU citizens until the law is overturned. Björn van Roozendaal, the group’s Programmes Director said, “Free travel needs to become of value to all citizens equally. In the current context it is likely that minority groups traveling to Russia will be discriminated and stigmatized, with virtually no protection from law enforcement personnel.” He demanded that “discriminatory laws” be “scrapped from the law books”.
Vladimir Putin responded to critics, saying that while homosexuals should feel welcome at the Sochi Olympics, he asked them to “leave children in peace”.
“We don’t have a ban on non-traditional sexual relations,” he said at a meeting with Olympic village volunteers. “We have a ban on promoting homosexuality and paedophilia among minors.”
Serbia and Kosovo, Nigeria and Uganda must approve homosexuality, allow Gay Pride and civil unions,
The European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights has issued a demand that Serbia and Kosovo “improve the situation,” in the countries where there is as yet no official recognition of homosexual partnerships.
Jelko Kacin, a Slovenian MEP with the Group [party] of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and the Rapporteur on Serbia for the LGBT Intergroup, said, “I am particularly concerned that the anti-discrimination law isn’t implemented very well, and that Belgrade Pride was banned yet again last September.”
The LGBT Intergroup also issued a statement condemning Uganda, Nigeria and India for their “anti-LGBT laws”. Nigeria this month passed the “Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill,” punishing people attempting to create a “same-sex marriage contract or civil union” or aids and abets such an action, with up to 14 years in prison.
Ugandan law outlaws homosexual acts where one of the partners is infected with HIV, with minors, with disabled persons and any attempt to conduct a “marriage” ceremony for same-sex partners.
In December the Supreme Court of India upheld a 2009 law criminalizing all forms of “unnatural sex”.
The LGBT Intergroup also “welcomed the move by the Indian government to ask the Supreme Court to review the ruling which re-criminalised homosexuality” and reiterated in a formal statement the condemnation by the European Parliament of the Ugandan and Nigerian laws.
Michael Cashman MEP, Co-president of the LGBT Intergroup, said, “I am appalled by the reinforced criminalisation of LGBTI people in Uganda and Nigeria. The EU and its Member States should use all powers at their disposal to push for full decriminalization immediately.”
No such thing as a “right to children” : Maltese nationalist party leader
VALLETTA, Malta – Simon Busuttil, head of the Maltese Nationalist Party (Partit Nazzjonalista), has said that neither heterosexuals nor homosexuals have any “right” to have a child, either naturally or by adoption. Instead of “gay adoption,” which focuses on the wants of adults, the government should focus on safeguarding the rights of the children.
While the PN supports proposals before parliament to create homosexual civil unions, the issue of civil unions and adoption of children by homosexual partners are separate issues.
“I am not saying that we are absolutely for or against gay adoption, which is on the whole a new concept in our society as it is in other societies. In Italy, for example, Socialist leader Renzi has said it is time for Italy to introduce civil unions but not gay adoptions.
“Can we not take more time? Would it not be better to study the impact [of gay adoptions] on our society and on the children?”, the PN leader said in an interview.
Ireland Justice Minister pushes gay adoption
DUBLIN – Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter told participants at a homosexualist conference in Dublin that cabinent will shortly be considering reforms to family law that will allow 2nd parent adoption within “gay marriages”. Marriage Equality’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Parenting in Ireland conference meeting Tuesday at the Royal Society of Physicians that the changes should be considered due to the increasing number of people who are parents through “surrogacy” and IVF.
“Our current laws do not cater adequately for many children living in particular family forms,” he said. “The process of change will be difficult.”
The Irish Times quoted Shatter telling the group, “I want to rectify the imbalance in parental rights between the parent who is biologically linked to the child and the other parent who does not have this link.”
“It makes no sense that the second parent would be a stranger in law and that the child would not have secure rights in terms of inheritance and succession.”
Shatter said the Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality would put proposals forward to parliament by next year.