French President Urges UN to Globally Decriminalize Homosexuality

The President of France – Fran├žois Hollande – gave a monumental speech this week at the UN General Assembly, where he asked them to end the criminalization of homosexuality on a global level.

Hollande spoke out saying that France would lead the way towards universal equal rights.

“France will continue to engage in all these struggles: for the abolition of the death penalty, for women’s rights to equality and dignity, for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality, which should not be recognized as a crime but, on the contrary, recognized as an orientation.

Further, he said that “all members countries have the obligation to guarantee the security of their citizens, and if one nation adheres to this obligation, it is then imperative that we, the United Nations, facilitate the necessary means to make that guarantee. These are the issues that France will lead and defend in the United Nations. I say this with seriousness. When there is paralysis… and inaction, then injustice and intolerance can find their place.”