U.N. puts pro-gay resolution on hold

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com April 29 2003 12:00 AM ET

The United Nations Human Rights Commission put a resolution condemning antigay discrimination on hold Friday--and doesn't plan to reconsider it until next year, Agence France-Presse reports. The proposal, which would have been the first such pro-gay resolution from the international body, was hurt by the United States's refusal to back it, the news service said.

A State Department official said the department did not support the resolution because it didn't believe the commission was the correct forum for the matter to be discussed in. "As a general matter, in the United States, different aspects of the issues raised in this resolution are addressed by officials at the federal, state, and local levels of government," spokesman Richard Boucher said. "Given the multiple authorities addressing these issues and the wide variety of ways in which these issues arise, the United States was not prepared to endorse the language of this resolution."