A more accurate headline for the Dec. 7 Kyodo article “LDP: Gays don’t need special rights” would be “LDP: Gays don’t need equal rights.” Based on The Japan Times’ headline, I expected to read about the Liberal Democratic Party advocating against bestowing some unique and “special” rights to gay people, but I found that wasn’t the case at all.

According to the report, the LDP was asked if there was a need “for measures to protect the human rights of sexual minorities,” to which the LDP replied no. By definition, “human rights” extend to all humans, so they can’t be considered “special” rights. Or is the article implying that sexual minorities are not humans?

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