The Doha Declaration: The World Affirms the Natural Family and Marriage
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
William L. Saunders, Jr., Family Research Council Center for Human Life and Bioethics
In December 2004, the United Nations General Assembly officially received the “Doha Declaration,”which was co-sponsored by 149 nations. The Doha Declaration affirmed the importance of the natural family and marriage. In so doing, it makes clear that no “international right” has developed to alternative forms of marriage and the family. This lecture examines the process leading up to the adoption of the Declaration and the implications of the Declaration for international, and U.S. domestic law.
William L. Saunders, Jr. is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and of the Harvard Law School. In 2004, he was featured in Harvard Law School’s inaugural Guide to Conservative Public Interest Law. He is Senior Fellow and Human Rights Counsel at the Family Research Council in Washington, DC. Bill has written and lectured on topics of international law, human rights, and the family. He was appointed by President Bush to serve on the United States delegation to the UN Special Session on Children in 2001/02. In 2004, Bill served on the Organizing Committee for the Doha International Conference for the Family.