- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 1, 2002

Muslim and Catholic states at the United Nations easily overpowered yesterday the European supporters of a global homosexual lobby previously suspended as an observer group at the world body because of links to pedophile groups.

In a 29-17 vote with seven abstentions, the U.N. Economic and Social Council upheld a committee report rejecting the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) as a consultant nongovernmental organization on grounds that the Brussels-based lobby with 300 member groups in 76 countries did not document that it had purged pedophile groups such as the North American Man/Boy Love Association.

Separately, in informal negotiations on the major document for a U.N. Child Summit at the General Assembly next week, the United States moved to block a redefinition of "family" to include unmarried cohabiting couples and homosexual partners.

The U.S. delegation announced that it opposed broadening the United Nation's definition of family, in place since 1995, instead calling it "the family, in its various forms."

"Altogether, it was a pretty pro-family day," said Austin Ruse, who heads the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute in New York, a conservative organization that monitors U.N. activities.

The U.S. Mission to the U.N. did not respond to requests for comment on events yesterday.

A senior official at the U.S. Mission appointed by U.N. Ambassador John Negroponte said in an interview last week that the Bush administration was backing a redefinition of the family in the Child Summit document to recognize families "in various forms" because so many children are brought up by single parents.

However, pro-family and conservative groups that support the United Nation's commitment to the "natural" family in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights married heterosexual mother and father with their children and other blood relatives persuaded the administration of "dangers" in the loose, undefined language proposed by European delegations, several administration sources in Washington said.

"Even the European Parliament opposed this change in the traditional definition of family, ordering European delegates to stick with language adopted at the 1995 Copenhagen conference," said an official at the Department of Health and Human Services, who has a role in U.S. preparations for the U.N. Child Summit.

Yesterday, the U.S. delegation was silent in the debate over the ILGA and voted on the losing side in a procedural vote to send the homosexual lobby's application back to the nongovernmental organizations committee for further investigation.

Richard Williams, a U.S. delegate to the committee, argued in January to approve the group's application, saying that the ILGA was helpful in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

U.S. representatives said privately at yesterday's session that they believed it was necessary to further investigate the ILGA's claims that it had purged groups that condone and promote sexual relations between adults and children, observers reported.

Pakistani delegate Ishtiag H. Anrabi said he felt that the move by France and Germany to send the matter back to committee was just a "delaying tactic" to buy another chance for the ILGA, which otherwise must wait three years to apply again.

For more than a year, the ILGA has refused to provide documentation or allow review of its membership list to demonstrate that pedophile groups have been expelled, Mr. Anrabi said.

"Fifty other groups are waiting for approval. We cannot hold 50 organizations hostage for this organization, especially when the ILGA will not answer our questions and come clean," he said.

Kursad Kahramanoglu, the ILGA's co-secretary-general, said the group has refused to divulge its member affiliates because of "homophobia" that might endanger them throughout the world. "One of ILGA's aims is to help these people, not to jeopardize their security," he said.

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