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L.A. City Council urges federal legislation protecting gays in Iraq

May 14, 2009 | 11:25 am

The Los Angeles City Council has approved a resolution calling for federal legislation urging the Iraqi government to prevent the persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The resolution was approved unanimously Wednesday by the 12 council members present. It was sponsored by 11th District Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who is openly gay.

“Attacks against homosexuals have been abundant …especially in the poor regions and remote areas, such as the southern provinces and the Hurriya Sho’la and Sadr neighborhoods of Baghdad; so far, 63 members of the group have been tortured,” the resolution states.

The resolution will be used by the city's government relations office to inform the federal government about its position on the issue. It is a recommendation only. 

"This is just too horrific for us not to acknowledge it," Rosendahl said today, adding that Los Angeles is the first city to approve such a resolution.

-- Ruben Vives