In addition to the open attacks on the Declaration, the document itself is dated. As I have pointed out before, I have my doubts about declaring that marriage is a human right. Forming relationships in whatever form with whomever we want to should be a human right. Marriage, however, is just one way of doing that – and a very privileged form to boot. As Michael Warner points out, giving marriage this privileged status creates a hierarchy of relationships that without evidence value some forms more than others. If marriage is a “normal” human right, then – by definition – other forms of relating are not normal, are abnormal, and not a human right. This enshrines matrimanic thinking into one of the world’s most important documents.
So, while the 60th anniversary is certainly grounds for celebration, it will be a bittersweet celebration at best.