(NEW YORK - C-FAM) The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) -- a gay-rights group barred from the UN because some of its members promoted pedophilia -- is seeking reinstatement as a non- governmental organization (NGO) by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). If ILGA regains NGO status it can lobby and consult the UN Member States on a number of crucial and contentious issues, including how the UN defines and interprets human rights.
In 1993, ILGA became the first gay-rights group granted official UN recognition. ILGA is an umbrella organization representing hundreds of homosexual groups worldwide. Some of those groups, which have included the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), have either condoned pedophilia or promoted it. Because of this association with pedophilia, in 1994, the UN revoked ILGA's NGO status. ILGA claims to have severed ties with some of the most visible pedophilia groups, such as NAMBLA, but according to a September, 1994 report in the New York Times, ILGA still could not "vouch" for the elimination of all such groups from its organization.
ILGA has applied for reinstatement before. In 1997, ILGA sent a letter to ECOSOC requesting that its status be reinstated. At the time, a number of UN Member States expressed reservations about ILGA and deemed that more information about ILGA and its member groups was necessary before reinstatement could be considered. Reinstatement was therefore deferred.
ILGA opponents believe reinstatement should be opposed for a number of reasons. Primarily because it remains unclear if all connections with pedophilia have been purged. On its web page, ILGA condemns the fact that, in many countries, the age of consent for homosexual acts is higher than the age of consent for heterosexual acts (which is sometimes as low as 14 years of age). If the homosexual age-of-consent were lowered to mirror the heterosexual age of consent, as ILGA seems to be advocating, this would have the practical effect of limiting the definition of pedophilia, and, therefore, what could be prosecuted as a sexual crime.
ILGA also defines gay marriage -- what it labels "partnership" -- as a basic human right. ILGA will work to promote this view within the UN. If successful the UN will consider any country without laws establishing and protecting gay marriage to be in violation of basic human rights. And, since the awarding of UN aid programs is tied to the elimination of human rights abuses, many poor countries may feel compelled to endorse gay marriage, even if this contradicts the strongly held convictions of its people. In this way, nontraditional family structures may be forced upon many countries.
In the end it is unlikely that ILGA is interested in purging its ranks of pedophilia. In the years since ILGA has campaigned for UN recognition, pedophilia has become an even greater part of the homosexual culture. According to a recent article by Mary Eberstadt in the Weekly Standard, pedophilic themes have become a major part of homosexual literature and is hardly ever criticized by more respected members of the homosexual movement. So, the UN has deferred ILGA again, and even left-wing Germany is concerned.