Anti-gay homophobes from around the world met in South Africa, a country where the constitution specifically includes LGBT equality, issuing a declaration opposing same-sex marriage and families. According to Mamba Online, The World Congress of Families Regional Conference, which took place last week at The Westin hotel in Cape Town, was hosted by the recently formed International Organization for the Family (IOF), an offshoot of the notoriously homophobic World Congress of Families; designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center in the US.
The conference saw the launch (appallingly, on International Human Rights Day) of the IOF’s “Cape Town Declaration“. The manifesto has been signed by hundreds who view same-sex marriage as an aberration that’s a threat to “traditional” families and humanity in general.
Ambassador Uche Ajulu-Okeke of Nigeria took part in the shameful signing of the declaration, ensuring that the myth about homosexuality which birthed persecutory legislation in her own country, in essence, defecated on her host country”s constitution, and populace, when noting:
Speaking to Vanguard, she warned that, “Youths should be sensitized on the dangers of homosexuality”. Ajulu-Okeke went on to further absolute lies, declaring: “Many Nigerian youths abroad are now becoming gay because of economic inducement, either to legalize their documents or to get jobs and they bring back diseases like HIV/AIDS back to the country.”
It is this very type of hateful lie, cloaked in the credibility of a top diplomat, that incites the horrific trend of violence toward gays, lesbians and transgender people, all across Africa.
The Declaration affirms “healthy marriages” as “the conjugal bond of man and woman” and commits the signatories to “firmly resisting every push to redefine marriage: to include same-sex or group bonds, or sexually open or temporary ones.”
The declaration, clearly seeking to find favour in countries in which homosexuality is seen as a foreign import, also rails against the “cultural imperialism of Western powers whose governments seek nothing less than the ideological colonisation of the family”.
Brian Brown, President of IOF, commented to right-wing site Breitbart News: “Forcing the agenda of same-sex ‘marriage’ on nations by manipulation of foreign aid or the like is a deplorable practice.”
His statement is a blatant distortion that continues to be perpetuated by anti-LGBT campaigners. There is no evidence of any country using the threat of withdrawing foreign aid to force acceptance of same-sex marriage rights on another country, anywhere in the world.
The declaration concludes with the statement: “Bowing to no earthly power, using every just measure, we shall not falter or flag until the truth about marriage is embraced in our laws and honoured in our lands.”
Currently facing embarrassment is the hotel chain which housed the hateful conference:
Following a flood of outrage from the LGBTI community, Cape Town’s The Westin hotel has apologized for hosting an international conference of homophobes.
The event for the World Congress of Families, an offshoot of an LGBTI hate group, took place on Saturday at the hotel.
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