For the very first time, the Human Rights Council at the United Nations approved a resolution that condemns  discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.  The 47-member Human Rights Council voted 23 in favor and 19 against Friday, with 3 abstentions, for the resolution put forward by South Africa.  The resolution also establishes a panel to review discrimination of gays and lesbians around the world.

The resolution was backed by the United States, the European Union, Brazil and other Latin American countries.  However, African and Islamic countries, led by Nigeria and Pakistan, slammed the resolution saying it had “nothing to do with fundamental human rights.”

Read the resolution HERE.