US endorses UN Gay Rights Text

President Barack Obama (Photo Courtesy: The White House)

President Barack Obama (Photo Courtesy: The White House)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is formally endorsing a U.N. declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality, a measure former President George W. Bush had refused to sign.

The move was the administration's latest step in reversing Bush-era decisions that have been heavily criticized by human rights and other groups. The United States was the only western nation not to sign onto the declaration when it came up at the U.N. General Assembly in December.

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the administration would endorse the declaration.


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