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posted Friday, July 16, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 29
US pushing UN status for gay rights group
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US pushing UN status for gay rights group

By EDITH M. LEDERER
(AP)

UNITED NATIONS - The Obama administration and 14 members of the U.S. Congress are urging the U.N. Economic and Social Council to accredit the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission so it can work at the United Nations.

The U.S.-based organization, which has offices in South Africa, Argentina and the Philippines, has been trying since 2007 to get consultative status with the council, which serves as the main U.N. forum for discussing international economic and social issues.

The organization, the U.S. government and the members of Congress believe the group's application has not been approved because it promotes gay rights.

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