“It is a really pressing issue globally that there continue to be killings on the basis of sexual orientation and persecution on that basis,” said Suzanne Nossel, deputy assistant secretary of State for international organization affairs. “I think this will stimulate dialogue and increase recognition of the importance of the issue among governments.”
The Obama administration’s expression of support for U.N. action on the issue marks a change from George W. Bush’s presidency. His administration generally sidestepped the issue in the United Nations.
The statement was the most recent in a series of moves by the Obama administration to show support for gay rights, including holding that the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, was unconstitutional and moving to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward gays in the military.
I wish the Obama Administration weren’t such scatter-shots regarding civil rights for gays. When it comes to our civil rights there are always these little pleasant surprises followed by something that just seems to pull the rug out from under our feet like the aggressive prosecution of the DADT thirteen. Our march towards full equality is one in which past is prologue and it is usually one step forward followed by two steps back.