On October 23, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 407 to 2 in favor of House Resoution 175. That Resolution condemned the persecution of Baha'is in Iran. On ten prior occasions, the House has voted in favor of a similar resolution. The House appears firmly behind support for the Baha'is of Iran. Meanwhile, the world awaits a decision from Iran on how it will respond to the proposals regarding its pursuit of nuclear energy.
Passage of this resolution does not free the seven plus Baha'is who remain in Iranian prisons. While Baha'is keep those people in their prayers, they plan to go ahead with planned celebrations, marking the birthday on November 12th of Baha'u'llah, the fatheir of Abdu'l-Baha.