LGBTQ Community Deserves a Better Explanation from Nauert and Haley Regarding the HRC Vote

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On September 29, 2017, the United States, along with 12 other nations voted against a United Nations resolution condemning the death penalty. In this resolution there was a provision condemning the death penalty as punishment for consensual gay relationships. This is a disgrace as the US has been a long time proponent for human rights. Unfortunately with this vote, the Trump administration has declared that the LGBTQ community is not considered human in their eyes.

When criticized for the vote, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley tweeted on October 3, 2017, "Fact: There was NO vote by USUN that supported the death penalty for gay people. We have always fought for justice for the LGBT community." 

The same day, Heather Nauert, the Spokesperson for the US Department of State held a press briefing and stated, "We voted against that resolution because of broader concerns with the resolution’s approach in condemning the death penalty in all circumstances, and it called for the abolition of the death penalty altogether. We had hoped for a balanced and inclusive resolution that would better reflect the position of states that continue to apply the death penalty lawfully, as the United States does. The United States unequivocally condemns the application of the death penalty for conduct such as homosexuality, blasphemy, adultery, and apostasy. We do not consider such conduct appropriate for criminalization."

There was no apology, only excuses. So I ask Ms. Haley and Ms. Nauert, is keeping the death penalty in the US more important than the life of an LGBTQ person in another part of the world? Is the death penalty in the US more important than the life on an LGBTQ American? Because according to your explanation, the US voted against the resolution in fear that it would abolish the death penalty all together. You say that you support the gay community, but sadly, I feel your explanations are nothing but meaningless words. Actions speak louder than words and unfortunately your actions made it very clear how you plan to "support" the LGBTQ community. 



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