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The US just voted against UN resolution that condemns death penalty for gay sex, joining Iraq and Saudi Arabia


In the spirit of keeping the United States on a perfectly regressive track, just 13 13 countries voted against a United Nations resolution condemning the death penalty being doled out for having gay sex… and the United States is among them.

America joined such stalwart champions of humans rights as: as  Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and China, Bangladesh, and Qatar.

The United Nations Human Rights Council resolution condemned “imposition of the death penalty as a sanction for specific forms of conduct, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations.”

It also attacked against instances of crimes punishable by death for all persons with “mental or intellectual disabilities, persons below 18 years of age at the time of the commission of the crime, and pregnant women.” Additionally, the motion expressed “serious concern that the application of the death penalty for adultery is disproportionately imposed on women.”

Despite the opposition, the resolution in Geneva passed with 27 of the 47 members of the Human Rights Council in favor.

The United States supported two failed amendments offered by Russia, which stated the death penalty was not necessarily “a human rights violation” and that it is not a form of torture, but can lead to it “in some cases.”

Director of Human Rights Campaign Global, Ty Cobb, said in a statement: “Ambassador Haley has failed the LGBTQ community by not standing up against the barbaric use of the death penalty to punish individuals in same-sex relationships. While the UN Human Rights Council took this crucially important step, the Trump/Pence administration failed to show leadership on the world stage by not championing this critical measure. This administration’s blatant disregard for human rights and LGBTQ lives around the world is beyond disgraceful.”


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