'Historic step' as U.N. group passes resolution supporting gay rights‎
People celebrate during a gay pride march this month in Strasbourg, France.
June 17th, 2011
10:13 AM ET

'Historic step' as U.N. group passes resolution supporting gay rights‎

In what the U.S. State Department is calling a "historic step," the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva passed a resolution Friday supporting equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation.

The resolution, introduced by South Africa, is the first-ever U.N. resolution on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons.

It passed with 23 votes in favor, 19 opposed and three abstentions, amid strong criticism of South Africa by some African nations.

Suzanne Nossel, deputy assistant secretary of state for international organizations, told CNN, "It really is a key part in setting a new norm that gay rights are human rights and that that has to be accepted globally."

"It talks about the violence and discrimination that people of LGBT persuasion experience around the world," she said, "and that those issues ... need to be taken seriously. It calls for reporting on what's going on, where people are being discriminated against, the violence that is taking place, and it really puts the issue squarely on the U.N.'s agenda going forward."

Divided opinion continues among some countries about whether the time has come to take up gay rights in the U.N. forum, Nossel said, "so this resolution is really significant as far as gaining widespread support for doing just that."

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    My clean, candid comment applauding the UN resolution on gay rights, which mentioned opposing Afri-
    can nations' lack of progress into this century along with their s-
    lav-
    es,
    was censored by CNN.

    June 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @joey: I've never been censored.. And some times, i thought i would be..

      Must be a personal thing ;)

      June 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ james young, 1:28:
    You are "a Christian god?"
    Go to school and learn to write a sentence.
    After that, consider becoming a Christian god.

    June 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @joey: there's no future in being a christian god. I'd go for hermes.. Or loki.. Really, i'd be happy to just spend some time with aphrodite.. If she had to like me..

      June 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    All of these persons claiming to be Christians and representatives of other religions need to look around at each others' belief/faith systems.
    That study would include a lengthy pondering of Parsifal's question, "whom does the Grail serve?"

    June 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jj

    here we go again. more gay rights crap

    June 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      .....Well, I like it better than that "Holy Crap"....:-)

      June 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • raenpowel

      Yeah, how dare we treat everyone equally. Shame on us.

      June 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Hi, leeintulsa.
    I want to be Wotan.

    June 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    They censor my punctuation and spelling: it's not personal.

    June 17, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Scroll up, Bob.

    June 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. that guy

    If I were a girl I'd like girls too. I fully support girl on girl relations. Nothing better than a beautiful girl.... except 2 beautiful girls...

    June 17, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. that guy

    The Vatican supports gay rights as long as it's the loving relationship of a priest and a young boy.. in secret.. behind closed doors.. nobody can say anything or the boy loses his parents and goes to a fiery eternity.

    June 17, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jj

    your right That guy is. 2 girls SWEET, 2 girls and me SWEETER! Its the whole 2 men thing that grosses me out! barf! lets see the comments now....

    June 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. James

    So are the pedophiles next? I mean, if there's a gay gene then there has to be one for pedophillia which means it's natural... Right? SMH

    June 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dudely

      One is a crime. The other is something two consenting adults do together.

      June 18, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Holly

      Whatever your stance is, talking about these things is progress. As a lesbian woman I'm delighted that this has got to the U.N. as there is much unnecessary suffering and few protections in many parts of the world.

      Further, talking about pedophiles would likely be a very good thing to do as well. Pedophiles aren't criminals, rapists are. Rapists are awful, but pedophiles who don't harm people are just a bunch of severely misrepresented group of people. That discussion probably won't happen for a while though, unfortunately.

      June 18, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Well, there are genes that can lead to someone being a sociopath or serial killer. Not that any genes determine your fate, but they can strongly predispose you to certain actions when added to your environment.

      Go look at studies that are being done on gay animals, and how they can make them gay simply by changing their genes.

      http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-07/has-gay-gene-been-found-female-mice

      June 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Censor Censor

    @joey: The computer censor must be off. It wouldn't let me post stuff and it was far from obscene. I saw in one article that all my posts had been removed and they weren't bad either. I've noticed any partisan, racial, insulting, or casey anthony posts get through, while the "glitch" seems to effect normal comments. Its either a coincidence or a conspiracy.

    June 17, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. the real fernace

    Thanks UN for recognizing that gays are all over the world & are...human, belive it or not all you so called Christians. I'm also glad to hear about the same- gender marriage being proposed in NY. Of course a religious sports star started talking anarchy. I think I can say with confidence that gays being treated with equality will not promote anarchy, people will not start marrying their pets & criminal behaviors (such as pedophilia) will not suddenly become legalized! Gays have been in our societies since time began & they wont leave just because religious folk condemn them. Yes, they are born this way & deserve the same rights we all enjoy! Way to go, UN & NYC!!

    June 17, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. joe

    Big, hairy, fat deal. The U.N. can't even stop the slaughter in Sierra Leone and Darfur so what makes them think they can stop discrimination against glbt's it's laughable.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. doodley

    Both were crimes until just recently.

    June 18, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
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