US votes to not condemn death penalty for LGBT+ people

Voting in Geneva, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution condemning the use of the death penalty for various practices, including consensual gay relations along with apostasy, blasphemy, and adultery, but the U.S. voted against the resolution.

27 countries voted in favor of the resolution, with 13 opposed and 7 in abstention; most European, North American, and Latin American countries (with the exception of Cuba, which abstained) voted for the resolution.

Observers have noted that the U.S. voted against the resolution primarily because it did not want to undercut the death penalty, which remains in practice in most states.

Just 58 of the 195 countries in the United Nations still enforce a death penalty; the United States is in the top 5 countries ranked by its usage.

In 2014 the Obama Administration’s delegate to the U.N. abstained from a Human Rights Council resolution on the death penalty that did not mention LGBT+ people specifically.

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