Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Sunday, March 2, 2014

South Koreans are really proud.....


....of Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations.  And rightfully so; he is the first Korean to head that grand post.  

The Secretary wears his dedication to human rights on his sleeve.  And so too that sleeve contains a spot, a stubborn spot, for the rights of LGBT.  

With bleak irony, South Koreans, at the same time, have proudly stigmatized the plight of their gay compatriots:  

On the 21st of April, two members of the National Assembly of South Korea (the Democratic united-opposition-party) withdrew the motion on the Comprehensive Anti-discrimination Act. Since the beginning of 2000, they attempted to introduce the Anti-discrimination act two times both in 2007 and 2010....


 ....there was a strong apposition by both parties. In addition, religious affiliated organizations of South Korea resisted the bill on the basis of recognizing sexual minorities......

....Two anonymous members of the National Assembly expressed the reason of the withdrawal of the Act is simply put, because they did not want to be labeled as pro North Korean or as a gay assemblyman.

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