Last week, Queer Liberaction in Dallas joined human rights activists around the world in protesting the Catholic Church’s opposition to a proposed U.N. resolution that would call for countries around the world to stop imprisoning and executing gay people just for being gay, and for the human rights of LGBT people to be respected.
The church said it worried the resolution would result in same-sex marriage being legalized everywhere.
I just got an e-mail from Human Rights Watch saying that 66 nations in the U.N. supported the resolution. Let’s just hope the Catholic Church was right, and we can all start getting legally married soon.
Read the HRW press release after the jump:
In a powerful victory for the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 66 nations at the UN General Assembly today supported a groundbreaking statement confirming that international human rights protections include sexual orientation and gender identity. It is the first time that a statement condemning rights abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people has been presented in the General Assembly.
The statement drew unprecedented support from five continents, including six African nations. Argentina read the statement before the General Assembly. A cross-regional group of states coordinated the drafting of the statement, also including Brazil, Croatia, France, Gabon, Japan, the Netherlands, and Norway.
The 66 countries reaffirmed â€œthe principle of non-discrimination, which requires that human rights apply equally to every human being regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.â€
They stated they are â€œdeeply concerned by violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms based on sexual orientation or gender identity,â€ and said that â€œviolence, harassment, discrimination, exclusion, stigmatization and prejudice are directed against persons in all countries in the world because of sexual orientation or gender identity.â€
The statement condemned killings, torture, arbitrary arrest, and â€œdeprivation of economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to health.â€ The participating countries urged all nations to â€œpromote and protect human rights of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity,â€ and to end all criminal penalties against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.