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Senate to U.N.: Drop pedophilia groups

Published Oct. 6, 2005

The Senate has voted to slash U.S. contributions to the United Nations unless it cuts its ties with organizations that condone pedophilia.

In an amendment to the State Department authorization bill, the Senate voted 99-0 Wednesday to reduce U.S. contributions for international organizations by $119-million in fiscal years 1994 and 1995 unless links with such groups are severed.

Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., submitted the amendment, citing a decision last summer by the U.N. Economic and Social Council to grant consultative status to the Brussels-based International Lesbian and Gay Association.

Helms noted that one member of the association is the "notorious" North American Man Boy Love Association, a group founded in Boston in 1978 to promote consensual relations between men and boys.

Helms said the United States joined 21 other nations in voting to give consultative status to the International Lesbian and Gay Association. Four nations voted against it and 17 abstained.

The State Department, Helms said, was not aware NAMBLA was a member of group. "They are horribly embarrassed about this episode, and they should be."

Gregory King, spokesman for Human Rights Campaign Fund, said the lesbian and gay rights group had no objection to the Helms amendment.

"NAMBLA is not a gay organization," King said, noting that his group refuses to join ILGA as long as NAMBLA is a member. He said the Belgian organization is in the process of expelling NAMBLA.