UN passes first ever resolution supporting gay rights

(SPOT.ph) The United Nations Human Rights council passed on Friday the first ever UN resolution on the human rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders, reports CNN. The resolution was introduced by South Africa.

"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," Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Suzanne Nossel said. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, "gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights."

According to CNN, the resolution, which was passed with 23 votes in favor, 19 opposed and three abstentions, will also report on the problems that the LGBT community experiences, "(opening) a broader international discussion on how to best promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons." Some of these problems include harassment, violence, and discrimination.

Nossel said in the report, "it’s not like discrimination or violence are going to end overnight... but now ... when there are proposals in parliaments or legislatures around the world to illegalize gay activity or repress people because of their sexual orientation, opponents can point to this and say, ’Hey, the UN has spoken out, there is a resolution that rejects this squarely."

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