The U.N. General Assembly on Monday unanimously adopted an Olympics resolution that includes a gay-inclusive reference to discrimination.
The â€œOlympic Truce Resolutionâ€ that calls for peace around the world around the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, specifically refers to the Olympic Charterâ€™s nondiscrimination clause, which is known as Principle 6.
Egypt and Russia in recent weeks sought to remove the Principle 6 reference from the resolution because it specifically includes sexual orientation, religion, gender and other factors. The U.S., France and Brazil blocked these efforts.
â€œThe Olympics is an event that should focus on what brings us together â€“ friendly competition by the worldâ€™s best athletes â€“ not what makes us different,â€ U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki HaleyÂ told the Washington Blade earlier this month in a statement.Â â€œNo athlete should face discrimination of any kind when representing their country in the games.â€
The International Olympic Committee in late 2014 added sexual orientation to Principle 6 after Russiaâ€™s LGBT rights record â€” including a law banning the promotion of so-called gay propaganda to minors â€” overshadowed that yearâ€™s Winter Olympics that took place in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.
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