The United States was one of just 13 countries to vote against a United Nations measure to condemn the death penalty as a punishment for gay sex, but why? While Mainstream Media is practically foaming at the mouth, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert explains, “The headlines, reporting and press releases on this issue are misleading.” She reiterated the US “unequivocally condemns” the use of the death penalty for homosexuality, blasphemy, apostasy, adultery and the like—the US does not consider such conduct to warrant criminalization either.
She continued, “As our representative to the Human Rights Council in Geneva said on Friday, the United States is disappointed to have to vote against this resolution. We had hoped for a balanced and inclusive resolution that would better reflect the positions of states that continue to apply the death penalty lawfully, as the United States does.”
Nauert added that the US chose to vote against the UN’s resolution due to concerns about “the resolution’s approach in condemning the death penalty in all circumstances and calling for its abolition.”
To put it simply, the US does not support the death penalty for gay people—even if that’s how Mainstream Media has chosen to frame it. This matter just goes to show you can’t always trust the headlines. Essentially, the US chose to vote against this resolution to protect itself against an overreaching UN—nothing more, nothing less.
The US did support two amendments to the resolution Russia proposed, which entailed the death penalty not being “a human-rights violation” and it’s not a type of torture, though it may lead to it “in some cases.”
The other countries, which voted against the UN’s resolution, included Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, China, India, Iraq, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Ultimately, the resolution still passed.