The United Nations endorsed the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people for the first time ever Friday, passing a resolution hailed as historic by the U.S. and other backers and decried by some African and Muslim countries.
Following tense negotiations, members of the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council narrowly voted in favor of the declaration put forward by South Africa, with 23 votes in favor and 19 against.
Backers included the U.S., the European Union, Brazil and other Latin American countries. Those against included Russia, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Pakistan. China, Burkina Faso and Zambia abstained, Kyrgyzstan didn't vote and Libya was suspended from the rights body earlier.Islam will eventually have to reform itself to accomodate the desire of muslims for freedom and tolerance. Muslim kids growing up in the USA and Europe with Facebook and Twitter and whatever the next big internet thing will be - they will not long countenance a woman's testimony being worth half that of a man's in Iran, or a woman having no right to own property or drive a car in Saudi Arabia. Or killing gays and lesbians in Syria or Nigeria or Russia. Or not having the right to leave or choose another religion as you see fit.
Another twenty years and the mullahs and imams and the popes and fanatical religious idiots will have seen the modern world sweep them by. On the way to that there'll be plenty of dead activists and non-traditional people, but that's the way it goes.