UNITED NATIONS, August 5, 2003 ( – United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has come out in favour of homosexual ‘marriage’.  Annan attended part of a homosexual activist conference held at the United Nations yesterday.  The conference demanded that international treaties such as the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights include rights for homosexual couples.  A United Nations release said the Secretary General was “glad to be able to attend” part of the event.  “He believes that the United Nations cannot condone any persecution of, or discrimination against, people on any grounds, and recalls article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which says that ‘Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind,’” said the release.  On the issue of same sex marriage, his personal view, is “that individuals should be allowed to make their own choices and that we should be careful not to draw conclusions, or adopt prejudicial attitudes, towards people for their choices and preferences”.  However, the release said, “he recognizes that there is a wide range of opinion on the issue among Member States, with very strong feelings on both sides of the argument, and he does not believe this is something the United Nations should get involved in.”  The United Nations, through its various committees has been at the forefront of advocating international acceptance of homosexuality and the bestowing of rights normally reserved for the family on homosexual unions.  Kofi Annan has emphasized that “sexual and reproductive health is an essential part of human rights”. That is, he supports abortion and other population control measures, including explicit sex education, to the extent that they should be declared “human rights”. Ultimately, though, this emphasis on a new category of human rights has as its real purpose to advance the agenda of what Kofi Annan says is the “need to stabilize the population of this planet”.   Annan and most other de-populationists see legitimization and protection of homosexuality as one more way to keep procreation down and to undermine marriage and other institutions (especially religious) that emphasize that children are a blessing.  See related LifeSite coverage:  LATIN AMERICAN BISHOPS BLAST UNITED NATIONS AND EU FOR ANTI-FAMILY PRESSURE CANADA PUSHES ABORTION AND LESBIANISM AT UNITED NATIONS WHITE HOUSE DENIES IT WILL JOIN PUSH TO REDEFINE ‘FAMILY’ AT UNITED NATIONS