The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution that supports equal rights for gays and lesbians throughout the world. I think this is a historic moment.
Suzanne Nossel, who is the American Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations stated about the passage of the resolution:
"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, 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."
Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N, stated that it:
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"Marks a victory for defenders of human rights. It sends a clear message that abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity must end."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated:
"Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights."
Quite clearly the leadership in the United States government believes fully in the principle of human rights, but not only traditional Western nations supported this resolution. It was introduced by South Africa and supported by Latin American nations such Colombia and Brazil. Of course, just because such a resolution has passed, does not mean that gays will enjoy the ability to live their lives free from violence and discrimination throughout the world, but it is indeed progress.
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Meanwhile, same sex marriage opponents in California, who lost a court decision in the long battle for same sex marriage in that state, don't wish to have all tapes of arguments in that case released to the public. After all, the transcripts have been released, but why do the opponents of marriage equality oppose these tapes being released? Maybe because it is one thing to read transcripts that show how bad their arguments were, it is quite another to see and hear them on tape.