The U.N. Floated a Resolution Condemning the Death Penalty for LGBT People. The U.S. Voted “No.” :: Politics :: Features :: LGBT Rights :: Paste
The resolution specifically condemns “the imposition of the death penalty as a sanction for specific forms of conduct, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations” and expresses “serious concern that the application of the death penalty for adultery is disproportionately imposed on women.” It also notes “poor and economically vulnerable persons and foreign nationals are disproportionately subjected to the death penalty, that laws carrying the death penalty are used against persons exercising their rights to freedom of expression, thought, conscience, religion, and peaceful assembly and association, and that persons belonging to religious or ethnic minorities are disproportionately represented among those sentenced to the death penalty.”
The resolution passed by a 27-13 margin, and was met with a “yes” vote by every country in the regions of Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the “Western Europe and others group,” with two exceptions. Cuba, which has an abysmal record on LGBT rights, abstained. And the U.S., led by Nikki Haley, voted no.