A few months ago, the US refused to sign a United Nations declaration that urged countries to decriminalize homosexuality. Well today, the Obama Administration formally endorsed that UN statement, allowing the US to finally join sixty-six other nations who supported the measure this past December. State Department spokesman Robert Wood delivered the following,
"...as such, we join with other supporters of this statement, and we will continue to remind countries of the importance of respecting the human rights of all people in all appropriate international fora."The approval effectively reverses eight years of silence on the part of the Bush Administration. While the declaration does little in terms of enforcement or any real action, it is the first of its kind. We can only hope that with the US vocally behind the rights of sexual minorities, nations like India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka can begin to see the errors of their human rights policies.