At UN, USA Refuses to Condemn Countries That Kill Gays

The hits just keep on coming. The Washington Blade reports:

The U.S. on Sept. 29 voted against a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution that condemns the death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual acts…

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.”

You’re not reading that wrong: the United States — our country — refused to condemn the act of putting gay people to death. The resolution passed on a vote of 27-13, but without American support; our country chose instead to stand alongside such paragons of human rights as Egypt, Ethiopia, China, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times: if you voted for Donald Trump, you voted to attack me and LGBTQ people like me. You voted to roll back our civil and human rights, allow discrimination against us, and relegate us once again to second-class status. You voted to allow this evil man and his monstrous administration to come after LGBTQ people, our families, our lives, our jobs, and our love.

We warned you, we tried to reason with you, some of us even pleaded with you, but you did it anyway. And whaddya know: we were right after all, and the attacks on our basic civil liberties and fundamental human rights that your vote has enabled is unfolding now before our very eyes.

We will defeat this evil because we will outlive and outlast and outfight it, but we will never forget the way you voted to oppress and degrade and dehumanize us. Shame.



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