Today is the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the UN, France is sponsoring a largely symbolic resolution that supports the decriminalization of homosexuality. Nothing more, nothing less. Simply a resolution that protests imprisonment or death for being homosexual.
"Eighty-six countries (nearly half the nations on Earth) still have a total ban on male homosexuality and a smaller number also ban sex between women. The penalties in these countries range from a few years jail to life imprisonment. In at least seven countries or regions of countries (all under Islamist jurisdiction), the sentence is death: Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Mauritania and parts of Nigeria and Pakistan." (source)
The Vatican opposes this resolution. Because, you know, if you don't allow people to execute gays, you are forcing churches to marry them.
I am deeply ashamed to report that the US also opposes this resolution. Which has a bitter irony, given Justice Kennedy's decision in Lawrence v. Texas: Gays are "entitled to respect for their private lives. The state cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime." That's the law of the US. Apparently George Bush's government doesn't think it should be the law anywhere else.
Thus, both the US Government and the Vatican prefer to see gays executed, because of a spurious "slippery slope" argument that if you don't kill them, you will have to marry them. Actually, that's the Vatican's argument. I have no idea what the US justification is. (Update: I just thought of a slogan for this point of view. "Better dead than wed.")
Now, let's consider who REALLY believes in a "culture of life".