First Time United Nations Supports Gay Rights

by Beverly A. Pekala on June 17, 2011

Today the United Nations issued a declaration condemning discrimination against those who are gay, lesbian and transgender.  The resolution narrowly passed, with 23 votes in favor, 19 against, with 3 abstentions. Supporters included the United States , the European Union, and Latin American countries.

 Earlier this year the United States issued a nonbinding declaration in favor of gay rights that had the support of over 80 countries at the U.N. This occurred at the same time the US sought to end the policy of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” which banned gays from openly serving in the military.

 The U.N. Human Rights Council has commissioned a study of discrimination against gays and lesbians around the world. However, it was noted that the U.N. has no method of enforcement for the resolution passed today.

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