The United Nations Human Rights Council today passed a resolution supporting equal rights for all regardless of sexual orientation, CNN and other news outlets reported.
It’s the first-ever U.N. resolution on the human rights of LGBT people and was introduced by South Africa. It passed 23-19 with three abstentions.
In March the U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a statement, supported by 85 countries, on gay rights called “Ending Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.”
Today’s vote “marks a victory for defenders of human rights,” said Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to CNN. “It sends a clear message that abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity must end.”
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made gay rights a key focus of the State Department’s human rights agenda, expressing her view that “gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights.”