UN Officials Promote Homosexual Marriage In Latin America through Celebrity Culture, Judicial Activism, and Executive Overreach

By | November 26, 2015

NEW YORK, November 27 (C-Fam) LGBT groups in Latin America and their supporters at UN headquarters have big plans for the region. But these plans don’t involve the democratically elected representatives of the people of the continent.

UN officials launched a new video of Brazilian superstar Daniela Mercury’s lesbian wedding ceremony to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights during the General Assembly last week. Mercury has sold over 20 million albums worldwide and was previously twice married to men. She has been a UNICEF children’s ambassador for over 20 years.

The video titled “Celebrating Love” features Ms. Mercury and Journalist Ms. Malu Vercosa in white dresses during a ceremony and reception with family and friends.

“All types of families have the same rights as those of man, woman and biological children,” Vercosa said at the event hosted by Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador and Uruguay together with the UN human rights bureaucracy.

Mercury gave an explosive speech as she blew kisses, waved her arms, and improvised refrains from her popular songs, repeatedly calling herself a “queen.”

“I am not Cinderella or sleeping beauty,” she said. “I am a bad queen. A bad, bad, queen of Macumba”—using an Afro-Brazilian term even though Mercury is white. She cited anarchy, matriarchy, and powerful women as part of her personal artistic project in the same breath. She spoke of fighting to become a “queen” against men who thought they were better than her.

“I am not going to be submissive. I never accepted this as woman, and I will not accept this as a lesbian, or whatever I am,” Mercury said. “I am not worse because I am gay. Now I am subversive, I am a queen and I am provocative.”

When asked how she could marry a woman after marrying two men at a press conference earlier in the day, she said she did not understand the question. “Women have soft skin, they smell wonderful,” she explained. “I like people of all colors and types,” she said, describing her home as a household of 10 women, including 3 adopted children and pets.

The deputy representative of Argentina who moderated the event preemptively answered why the UN would promote same-sex marriage, even as it is widely acknowledged that it is not a human right.

The goal of the LGBT movement is not just tolerance or even non-discrimination, he said, but “broadening the scope of recognition of LGBTI rights.”

UN official Daniel Radcliffe sounded a militant note as he introduced the video prepared by his office.

“The fight for human rights can really be a fight,” he said, inviting commitments and courage to “fighting this fight,” and “dismantling the stereotypes.”

The video is part of the controversial Free and Equal Campaign of the UN human rights bureaucracy. The campaign seeks to get around the absence of a mandate for the UN bureaucracy to promote LGBT rights. LGBT rights are not universally recognized by UN member states and are not part of international human rights law.

Also at the event, Tracy Robinson, a Jamaican official of the Organizations of American States charged with promoting LGTB rights across Latin America, described the successes and failures of the LGBT movement in the region.

She highlighted the “instrumental role” of the executive branch in Latin America as a model for countries around the world.

“Non-discrimination norms were introduced originally with executive decrees,” she explained, describing the legislative path as “treacherous” because of the lack of popular support for the LGBT cause. She also highlighted the role of National Human Rights Institutions, as instrumental.

Going forward, she said consolidating the gains in criminal law enforcement and judicial mechanisms was essential together with better data collection on LGBT hate crimes, which she described as “haphazard or non-existent” so far.

Latin America is the great test case for the promotion of LGBT rights. The United States, Nordic, and European Countries have been pouring money into the Organizations of American States, and to governments and non-governmental organizations for a decade to change laws and policies and promote social acceptance of homosexuality.