|United Nations Secretary-General|
When I meet with leaders from around the world, I raise my voice for equality for LGBT people. Many leaders say they wish they could do more. But, they point to public opinion as a barrier to progress. I understand it can be difficult to stand up to public opinion. But, just because a majority might disapprove of certain individuals does not entitle the State to withhold their basic rights. Democracy is more than majority rule. It requires defending vulnerable minorities from hostile majorities. It thrives on diversity. Governments have a duty to fight prejudice, not fuel it.
Well said Ban-Ki!
If only the Pope were so compassionate.