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December 13, 2010

US to seek reinstatement of gay-specific anti-discrimination provision in UN resolution

According to Reuters, the Obama administration next week will seek to restore a gay specific provision in a U.N. General Assembly resolution against unjustified execution.

The assembly passes a resolution condemning extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions and other killings every two years. The 2008 declaration included an explicit reference to killings committed because of the victims' sexual preferences.

But this year, Morocco and Mali introduced an amendment on behalf of African and Islamic nations that called for deleting the words "sexual orientation" and replacing them with "discriminatory reasons on any basis." That amendment narrowly passed last month by a 79-70 vote in an assembly committee dealing with human rights.

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice told a gay and lesbian event at the United Nations that she was "incensed" by the committee vote and would seek to have the reference put back when the resolution goes to the full assembly on Dec. 20.

 UPDATE: The reference to sexual orientation was restored.

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