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Oct 03 2017
U.S. Votes No On U.N. Resolution Against Death Penalty For LGBT People Comments (0)

Nikki_Haley_official_Transition_portraitThe United States joined outrageous human rights offenders like Iraq and Saudia Arabia to vote against a U.N. resolution against the death penalty, a resolution that also included condeming members in favor of the death penalthy for LGBT people.

Via Buzzfeed:

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Tuesday's vote in the UN Human Rights Council was on a measure that would encourage member states to apply a moratorium to the use of the death penalty, noting in its preamble the way that it can be unfairly applied to women, the disabled, along racial divides, and against people engaged in "consensual same-sex relations." That resolution passed by a vote of 27 in favor, 13 voted against it and 7 abstentions.

Coverage of the resolution has almost exclusively focused on it being the first on the death penalty to pass while mentioning LGBT relationships, which advocacy groups like the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association have heralded as "historic."

The US was one of the 13 votes against, alongside Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, a point that led LGBT groups in particular to immediately respond, calling out the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley in particular for her stance.

Nothing personal, gay people, the U.S. is just addicted to the death penalty.