Tuesday, March 22, 2011

US Will Introduce UN Resolution Condemning LGBT Discrimination

According to the Associated Press, the US, under President Obama, will soon introduce a resolution to the United Nations condemning discrimination against LGBT people in all nations, and calling for states' treatment of LGBT people to be monitored by the UN.

Specifically, the non-binding resolution calls for all nations to end criminal punishment against people who are gay, who have same-sex relationships, or who demonstrate for LGBT rights.  So far, the resolution has the support of over 80 countries.

Under the Bush administration, the US did not join a similar resolution, introduced by the French.  With the US's newfound support come Thailand, Rwanda, El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

While the resolution is non-binding, advocates are hoping that such a resolution - particularly if it is passed with large support - will create a legal "norm" protecting LGBT people, such as that which condemns the persecution of women and religious groups.
It is, of course, a good thing to see the Obama administration and our UN delegation pushing for LGBT protections.  However, in many countries where gay people are not overtly persecuted, we still face discrimination and inequality.  The United States is one of those countries.

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