12 Recent Family Watch International Accomplishments
1. Family Watch initiated a statement that was signed by 60 UN member states and was presented to the UN General Assembly by Egypt that countered a European-led statement claiming that current UN treaties require nations to protect homosexuality and transgenderism as “international human rights.” Our statement made it clear that there is no international consensus on “sexual orientation” (homosexuality) and “gender identity” (transgenderism) and that UN Member States are under no obligation to promote or protect alternative sexual behaviours.
2. Family Watch uncovered and defeated a subtle plan by sexual rights activists to deceive UN delegates into endorsing a document calling for the legalization of abortion, same-sex marriage, prostitution, and penalties for people who criticize homosexuality. We also provided critical information that enabled UN delegates to successfully remove abortion-friendly language and references to “sexual rights” in another UN document that was under negotiation.
3. Family Watch played a critical role in overturning Maine’s same-sex marriage law through a People’s Veto. We established a Family Watch chapter in Maine that worked tirelessly to overturn the law, and we helped direct the strategy of the Stand for Marriage Main Coalition. We helped broaden the debate in Maine beyond religious/moral parameters (that homosexual activists try to limit the debate to) to include the consideration of the broader social impacts of radically redefining marriage.
4. Family Watch organized and chaired the “Family Rights Caucus” at the UN and trained NGO delegates from around the world at the UN on how to effectively lobby to protect the family.
5. Family Watch organized and chaired the “AIDS, Orphans, and Africa Caucus” at the UN which promotes abstinence-based HIV/AIDS prevention and family-based care for orphans.
6. Family Watch organized and participated in a panel that debated a policy that would have protected “gender identity” and “gender expression” in one of the largest U.S. districts of community colleges, and the policy was successfully defeated. If passed, the proposed policy would have allowed literally any man to pose as a woman in college campus bathrooms and dressing rooms. We brought in experts, gave testimony, and presented research in a panel discussion to defeat the measure.
7. Family Watch filed amicus briefs in key cases challenging man/woman marriage in the United States.
8. Family Watch co-sponsored the World Congress of Families V and gave presentations in Nigeria and Amsterdam to train pro-family advocates across the world on how to defend the family.
9. We published our new book, Stand for the Family, which will be used as a gathering, organizing and educational tool to empower pro-family advocates with important research, facts, and talking points to defend marriage and the family.
10. We grew our Internet coalition of responsible citizens and leaders across the world who have pledged to protect and defend the family to people in over 140 countries.
11. Family Watch was invited to give private briefings to the UN delegates in three important voting blocs at the UN: the OIC (voting bloc of 53 Islamic countries), CARICOM (voting bloc of 15 Caribbean Island states, and the African Group (voting bloc of 55 African countries and provided them with policy briefs and tools to protect the family in UN negotiations. We were invited to “institutionalize” these briefings and hold them regularly in order to prepare delegates to protect the family in 2010 UN negotiations.
12. Family Watch was instrumental in organizing UN delegates to take the unprecedented step of calling for a vote in the UN General Assembly to remove a reference in a UN resolution endorsing an attempt by a UN Committee to redefine language in a longstanding international treaty that would have established “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes. If this reference had not been deleted, it would have given sexual rights activists a powerful tool to challenge marriage laws in courts around the world by claiming that same-sex marriage was protected under international law as a nondiscrimination issue.