The Christian Post website reports today (March 23, 2011) that the Obama administration yesterday called on the United Nations' Human Rights Council to fight discrimination against gays and lesbians around the world.
The declaration -- supported by 84 other countries -- marks the first time the United States has pushed for UN action on gay rights.
"The US government is firmly committed to supporting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to lead productive and dignified lives, free from fear and violence," said Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, US Ambassador for the Human Rights Council in Geneva, in a statement.
The move by Obama yesterday (March 22) was seen as a clear departure from George W. Bush's administration, which never pressed for gay and lesbian rights. Unlike his predecessor, Obama has aggressively advocated gay rights during his presidency.