U.S. votes against death penalty ban for gays

A United Nations resolution banning the death penalty for homosexuality was opposed by a total of 13 countries in the U.N. Human Rights Council. While several were in Africa and the Middle East, the United States shockingly voted against the measure, as well.

The resolution passed on Sept. 29 despite U.S.’s vote, with 27 countries voting for the measure.

It was brought forward by eight nations — Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, and Switzerland — that have made global LGBT rights a priority.

“It is unconscionable to think that there are hundreds of millions of people living in states where somebody may be executed simply because of whom they love,” responded the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.

Previous efforts by Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russia to block or water down the resolution failed