It's largely symbolic but symbols have great meaning. The Columbia Law School blog on gender and sexuality points out that the last time this declaration was made 50 countries signed on -- but not the U.S. Unbelievable, considering that in our own nation, and others, people are killed for being gay. We're slowly coming out of the backwater.
World Focus: In a staunch reversal from the prior administration, Barack Obama will sign a nonbinding United Nations declaration decriminalizing homosexuality. The U.S. had previously refused to sign the declaration when the U.N. General Assembly considered it in December –- the only major Western nation to do so
Sixty-six of the 192 United Nations member countries signed the resolution, but 70 members outlaw homosexuality and it carries the death penalty in seven nations.