U.S. defends its human rights record to U.N.

by Rex Wockner

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

More than 30 U.S. officials, including senior officials from 11 federal departments and agencies, defended the country's human rights record before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Nov. 5.

At the U.N.'s "Universal Periodic Review" session for the United States, the government submitted a report that said, among other things: "In each era of our history there tends to be a group whose experience of discrimination illustrates the continuing debate among citizens about how we can build fair societies. In this era, one such group is LGBT Americans."

The U.S. officials told the U.N. that President Barack Obama is committed to repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and to banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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