President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been praised for their support of gay rights around the globe.

Obama and Clinton were lauded in a resolution approved on Wednesday by the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations' Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues at its final meeting.

In announcing a new global initiative to support gay rights, Clinton told diplomats during an impassioned speech at the United Nations offices in Geneva that gay rights are human rights.

Obama signed a memorandum that ties some foreign aid to gay rights.

“No recent steps toward protecting sexual-minority rights could be more fitting for this Advisory Council to recognize at its final meeting than the praiseworthy and influential initiatives taken during the past month by the President and the Secretary of State,” the council's resolution states in part.

“[T]his Advisory Council thanks and congratulates President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for their ongoing efforts to secure the human rights of LGBT persons in this country and worldwide.”