'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. Elis-Panama

    I'm gay

    June 17, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Gumbalaya

      it's spelled 'ghey'

      June 17, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. TI

    about time!

    June 17, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. p dirt

    So now the U.N. is going to tell other countries what the moral fiber of their nation should look like? I'm sure this makes them feel all warm and fuzzy and all, but calling it an overstep is an understatement.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      What a ridiculous and bigoted comment. The UN trailblazed on women's rights, the rights of disabled, and many other disadvantaged groups. This is yet another important step in ensuring that people around the world are allowed to live in peace and able to live up to their potential.

      June 17, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      P dirt- you consider this a moral question because your religion has a stance on it. But 50 years ago, especially in the southern part of the US, many religious people felt that "coloreds" marrying "white folk" was immoral and not something the government should be involved in...time has proven them wrong as well. You can't just decide that because your religion has a stance on something, it's a moral issue outside the purview of government. This is a human rights issue.

      June 17, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. LeeCMH

    I saw the headline and just had to check the comments. Yep, another volcano of Christian hate poison spewing.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • fred

      I find it interesting that when christians "spew hate" against gays, its some big controversy but when gays "spew hate" towards christians (which it's not just christians, but think what you like) they are praised for standing up for the little guy...pot, this is kettle...

      June 17, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      @ Fred, ~
      I find it interesting that the bigots are now claiming they are being bullied by the sissy's! 🙂

      June 17, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • msmaris04

      @ fred...Christins (like myself) are suppose to hold a moral standing for themselves and their family, community etc. Many people (not myself included) feel that gay people are of the worst kind of sinners. So, with your logic you are saying that Christins are onthe same moral level as gay people and that gives you are right to be hateful. What if Jesus came to you right now and asked you why you have so much hate in your heart for people that you should prey for, people that you should want to help save? Just like Jesus would want to do. You my friend are not a true christin living for Christ if you have hate in your heart and not compassion. ALL of you so called Christins should be ashamed. Go home read your bibles and find some love in your heart with the world of God.

      June 17, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. fred

    so does this now mean if you are gay, with a higher rate of certain diseases compared to non gay people that you can't be charged more for health care?

    That in my opinion is similar to saying you can't charge people more for health care that have dangerous jobs and is just absurd

    June 17, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Grey

      Yep! Generalizing diseases to a whole group of people makes perfect sense. While we are at it, black people should be charged more for healthcare too for their statistically greater chance of being involved in violent crimes. Obese and even overweight people should be paying almost three times as much as us thin people, considering their proportion of healthcare needs. Also, small-minded bigots should pay a hefty amount more as well. They are much more likely to get run over by progress.

      June 17, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • tb63

      Perhaps they should charge for ignorance.

      June 17, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • jay

      Man u r stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kudos toUN

    Finally, the United Nations has taken a Big Historic Step in recognizing that all people are Created EQUAL and should be treated as such. This was long overdue in coming and great to WELCOME as true progress for All people who are born with the orientation they are born with. The world is finally recognizing that human rights are people rights and that G-ays and L-es-b-ians are people just like any other and deserve the dignity and respect that is afforded to Straights who are no less likely to engage in similar behavior at times. And let's not forget, it is through Straight Parents that Ho-mo-s-ex-u-als are BORN!

    June 17, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mrmailman


    June 17, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Art

    Wow, Sodomite Slim, you are incredible. Incredibly STUPID and IGNORANT. I would go back under that rock you came from.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. LeeCMH

    I believe all hetero Christians are wife beaters and regularly perform incest on their children. Preachers don't mentioned it because it makes the donating congregation uncomfortable.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gumbalaya

    LGBT = Lick Gobble Burrrppp Tickle

    June 17, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Gumbalaya

    International *Peter Puffers* Day

    June 17, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Listenup1949

    Who do I contact to report the State of Tennessee to the United Nations Human Rights Council? The most backwards state in the nation is passing several laws meant to discriminate and belittle people born gay.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. The messiah

    The UN is a joke, they also appointed Iran in charge of women's rights so no one should take the UN seriously especially since they are against Israel and have a bias Arab agenda regarding the subject matter. There is so much corruption in the UN it is not even funny, a internal probe proved that the UN today has no real credibility regarding their stances. I also know they wanted to pass a resolution against defamation of religion mostly in the interest of defending Islam in the process, practically undermining freedom of speech in the process.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. R Grimes

    UN keeps showing its irrelevence every day. This is just a bureacratic money pit.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Royal Canadian Mounty

    My horse was born gay too. He was the first to come out of the barn anout it. Nay whinnie fellas.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • rick

      So, you were the Mounty and your horse was the Mounted?

      June 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
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