'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. Rain

    Fact: Evolution is true, and once you fully understand and grasp it you realize that we are all products of our environment. It should be the goal of every human being to work together to live in a rational, empathetic, scientific world. Gay people are like blacks were in during the civil rights movement. They deserve equal rights just like the blacks yet there were still bigots and Christians that don't like gays because 'God' wants them to burn in hell. Well religion is a load of rubbish, false, and destructive to society.

    What angers me is that their ore so many black people against gay rights because they tend to be more religious. I will say to any black person that isn't for gay rights that they need to go back to the back of the bus.

    June 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wildthing

      To denounce or belittle religion just shows how low you will go to give life to this sinful act. This sinful act is not the same as the civil rights movement and I wish the gays stop comparing the two. Black people were forced into this situation, being gay is a choice. The civil rights movement was about blacks wanting equal treatment and rights. How about all the gays go back to the closet and stay there to demonstrate how easy it is for blacks, to go to the back of the bus. Come on, lead by example.

      June 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • dorthy

      I am a religious straight Christian person. But the only sinful act that I have seen on this site is the people who condemn our gay brothers and sisters for doing nothing more than wanting to love another with their whole heart, soul and body. We condemn promiscuity and then we block their desire to be in a committed monogamous relationship. Shame on us. Their is nothing in the New Testament when translated appropriately that condemns ho-mo-se-xual-ity. It is disgraceful that we as Christians have decided that marriage has more to do with what goes on between our knees and our umbilicus than what goes on in our hearts. God sends his messages in mysterious ways. Maybe our gay brothers and sisters are meant to help us understand that a marital relationship goes so much deeper than just the ability to procreate and that true families should be born out of an ability to devote our life to our children rather than the ability to unite a sperm with an ovum.

      June 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sun evaps Rain

    Fact: Evolution is a theory. And if today's gays are yesterdays blacks, then tomorrows perverts will be todays gays. And if you are into beastiality, you will have to wait until the day after tomorrow. 🙂

    June 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • dorthy

      Based on your logic we should be banning he-t-er-o-se-xual rights since according to the American Society of Psychiatry the majority of true se-xu-al deviants are within the straight community.

      June 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dorthy

    I really don't get the association that is trying to be drawn between gay rights and pe-do-philia. All of the statistics show that the majority of ped-o-philes are het-ero-se-xual. If you use the logic of the people that are saying that gay marriage will lead to ped-o-phile "rights" (of which none should exist because it is abuse of a non-consenting minor) then really we should be looking at banning het-er-o-se-xual marriage since they are the majority offenders of ped-o-phi-lia

    June 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Thomas Phillips

    Yes, time is approaching to the End of the World. Everyone will turn his/her face from God and Joined the Devil work. We are seeing the Power of Money. Most of them represented the Celebrity(s) and stand against God will. I am crying and felt bad how much the America Children lost their Sould. I wish if I don't write any word if this Lesibian and Gay have connection with nature, but NOT. People start for fun, to get some Temporary advantage and even to be Legal here in the US. or all kind of self interest, but it doesn't have any connection from those whose called them selves Lesibian or Gay. I am not against to everyone but I am sending this small messege to those who are using thier MONEY POWER, such AS ROsseanne Donalds and Hollywood bunch of Lesibian and Gay who destroyed the American Natural people whose believ in God by spending Millions of Dollars. Even, Roseodonald Brother is the main role player around the New York Legislation until to Vote. I am not writing this not only to opposed also to save thousands of innocent lives from SODOM. God created us from ADAM and EVE. Being rach shouldn't make you a Lesibian or Gay or ignored or dis-respect the King Of GOD. Big Mistake. Devil always will get Temporary victory but the Punishment will be forever. Religion, God's family felt helpless and hopeless for now and challenging all kind of outcomes. Trust me that the GOD'S Family will be always the Winner. In 21st Century, we do understand that the gift of Gods slightly fade and those whose spread their monies are trying to control this Contry. My fellow CHRISTIANS, DO NOT GIVE UP AND IT IS TIME TO START TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM THESE DEVILS WHOSE DESTROYED THE COUNTRY'S SOUL AND PUT BEHIND MORALLY AS WELL AS FINANCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY. THEY DESTRYED OUR CHRISTIANITY. THEY EVEN PENETRATED TO THE CHURCH AND CONTROL EVERYTHING, BECAUSE THEY HAVE MONIES, BUT IT WILL BE FOR TEMPORARLY....HIS KIND IS COMING INFRON OF US. GET READY, YOU WILL SEE HIM SOON.

    June 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Manuewl Goyanes

      Thomas, dude...you need help. And I hope that when God comes to get you you can show him the disrespect you showed gay people by judging them. That is a power and a right left ONLY to GOD, and not to any human being. By the way, I don't know what country you are from, but you write like an idiot.

      June 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Susan Markus.

    Thank you Thomas Phillips. Everything is about money not about nature. They are usless ediots.

    June 18, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Helen Don

    I thought God should be First in our life, he should be. They spread fear to the rest of God's children lives. They are out of control. God Bless you, Thomas Phillips, thank you for putting serious and important message.

    June 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ellen Generous

    Thank you Thomas Phillips. Is there any rehablitation/consultation center beside Texas?. I don't believe that the bill will not get enough Vote to pass. We have to find the way to help those people, it is like drug adicting bad habits.

    June 18, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    God is the Judge, not humans! That's also in the bible, & I believe if Jesus was walking the earth right now, He'd be protecting those in our society who are outcasts. Someone wrote on a blog a few mo's back that Jesus was the ultimate liberal rebel! He didn't belong to or endorse any specific religion, when He did go to church it was usually to berate some spoiled, rich, "holier than thou" Elder! He associated with what people of the era thought of as dredges of their society. As true Children of God we are supposed to be humble , loving & non-judgemental! I'm not hearing that from most people who claim to love God!! I usually stay out of the religious fracas, but today I'm moved to speak up! Please let GOD decide who is going to hell, OK.

    June 18, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Manuewl Goyanes

      AMEN! fernace! AMEN! We are facing chat here with hoards of Hypocrites. They need to look into their own lives before casting stones. It is obvious they have nothing in their lives worth looking into that they feel the need to tear down those who do not concern them. Perhaps they ENVY gays for their ability to create change in ONE LIFETIME. Perhaps they dislike that Gays control so much MONEY and hold great jobs. Perhaps they resent that black or white, GAYS have better opportunities offered to them than most. I guess it stems from the fact that most Gays have clear heads, open hearts and the mental capacity to love more readily, more fully and more deeply then they do.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tomazz

    God did NOT have anal intercourse in mind when he designed our digestive system. Even a simple examination of it's design reveals this simple truth. Nowhere in the bible does Jesus recommend the gay lifestyle. In fact, in all of the bible there is not one single mention of a gay persons lifestyle being recommended for Godly people. Not even one gay person being honored as an example. Not one, in a book that covers thousands of years of history.

    June 19, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jazzzzzzzz

    I'm les bian

    June 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
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