The Associated Press is reporting that:
The U.S. government says it will begin using the term “sexual rights” in discussions of human rights and global development.
The statement at a U.N. meeting this week comes after years of lobbying from groups who have argued that the U.S. should show global leadership on the rights of people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
The statement, posted on a State Department website, says sexual rights include people’s “right to have control over and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality, including sexual and reproductive health, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence.”
A nation begun in pursuit of religious rights now pursues “sexual rights.” Alas, a sign of the times. Meanwhile, it jails county clerks who, because of religious convictions, won’t endorse “sexual liberty.”
If you want to measure how far we’ve wandered from the nation’s foundation, here’s the first amendment to the Constitution (i.e. the first right in the Bill of Rights).
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
(a 2-minute read; 331 words)