THE SERVANT GENERAL
ASSAULTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
INTERNATIONAL JUDICIAL OVERREACH
January 18, 2018
International bureaucrats, jurists and even governments are
more and more imposing their pro-gay, pro-LGBT, pro-same sex
marriage agenda on the nations of the world. Such is diabolical
International court orders 16 countries to
ignore their laws and allow gay ‘marriage’
16, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In
what one expert called the “most bold exercise in judicial
tyranny imaginable,” an international human rights court
has ordered that 16 countries ignore their own laws and recognize
same-sex “marriage” and transgenderism.
In one of these countries, Barbados, sodomy is illegal.
The ruling came from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights,
which exists based on the American Convention of Human Rights.
Twenty-five Latin and South American countries have ratified
or adhered to the Convention, according to the Court’s
The Court heard the case because the Costa Rican government
sought “relatively minor” advice, Gualberto Garcia
Jones, executive director of International Human Rights Group,
“Costa Rican officials asked for clarification on what
process [was] required to legally change the name of a gender
confused person and the rights to property of homosexual partners
under the Convention,” Jones explained. “Instead
of answering the questions asked, the court attempted to issue
a unilateral ruling that homosexual marriage with adoption
rights is required by the American Convention on Human Rights.”
The Court “overreached its jurisdiction in an unprecedented
manner,” Jones said, ignoring the Vienna Convention
– the accepted rules of interpretation for international
treaties – and instead delegating
“to itself the authority to overrule national constitutions
in order to implement its opinions.”
Gay Star News called it the “biggest marriage equality
court order in history.”
Judge VioGrossi partially dissented, writing, “Legislation
recognizing same sex unions cannot be imposed upon member
states through the judicial process, much less so through
an advisory opinion, which is not binding even on the party
requesting the opinion, and much less upon the other member
There is “no source of international law that provides
the necessary recognition of such [homosexual] rights,”
The Court also ignored “the text of the American Convention
itself, whose only reference to marriage limits it to the
union of one man and one woman,” said Jones.
The order “pretends to overturn the overwhelming majority
of the internal legislation that defines marriage as the union
of one man and one woman through an advisory opinion,”
he said. “This would be impossible even if the opinion
of the court came after a litigated case in controversy, since
the rulings of the court are only binding upon the litigating
“Therefore, to attempt to impose an advisory opinion
as binding upon all countries that ratified the convention
is the most bold exercise in judicial tyranny imaginable,”
The ruling even went as far
as to say “polygamous families” are licit.
“The richness and diversity of the region is seen in
the cases that are submitted to the court; through those cases
the court has recognized diverse family makeups as protected,
including polygamous families,” the majority ruling
said on page 78, which Jones translated for LifeSiteNews.
Opposition to same-sex “marriage” that is “based
on religious or philosophical convictions” shouldn’t
be considered, the ruling said.
This “shows a visible prejudice against religious convictions
and religious individuals,” said Jones.
The court disqualified “any principles which it arbitrarily
determines to be religious ones without bothering to offer
any legal precedent for such anti-religious prejudice.”
It also didn’t produce “any analysis that opposition
to same-sex unions is in fact a theological position."
Eleven countries “must pass trans rights laws”
because of this ruling, Gay Star News wrote. The Dominican
Republic, Honduras, Barbados, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Suriname
are the countries most affected by this ruling, because they
neither recognize same-sex “marriage” or transgenderism.
Brazil and Colombia already recognize same-sex “marriage”
and transgenderism. Parts of Mexico do as well.
Perú, Panamá, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Bolivia
all have some pro-transgender laws but not same-sex “marriage.”