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Finally. We have someone who has a heart and soul at the UN again.

In late December the United Nations General Assembly held a symbolic vote on a statement calling for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality. France spearheaded the resolution, which was a 13 point declaration "to ensure that sexual orientation or gender identity may under no circumstances be the basis for criminal penalties, in particular executions, arrests or detention." The statement received 60 votes in support, mostly from Europe and South America. Opposing the resolution, were the United States, the Holy See, and members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

See? Islam and America used to agree on something! Persecute teh gays!

At the time, the Bush administration couched its objection to the measure in legal technicalities.

Legal technicalities? On a fucking "symbolic vote?"

Well, that was then. This is now: At the so-called "Durban Review Conference" on racism and xenophonia underway in Geneva, Europe again put forward language condemning “all forms of discrimination and all other human rights violations based on sexual orientation.” According to UN Watch, "The Czech Republic on behalf of the E.U., with the support of New Zealand, the United States, Colombia, Chil[e] on behalf of the South American states, the Netherlands, Argentina and a few others, took the floor in support." (emphasis mine).

The efforts to include language on discrimination based on sexual orientation ended up failing for lack of support from non-western countries. Still, it's relieving to see that the United States is now back on the side of the enlightened on this issue of basic human rights.

Enlightening, indeed. You lead the world by example. Another small step in the right direction. Thank you, Mr. President.

UPDATE w/ LINK: http://www.undispatch.com/...

My bad!

UPDATE: What the degaga? RecListed? Wow. Thanks. And to save "Chile" from any more ridicule!

Originally posted to GBC on Thu Feb 19, 2009 at 06:56 PM PST.

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