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Nikki Haley Says U.S. Did Not Vote for Gay Death Penalty Although It Really Did

With over 24 hours to think of a spin to put on yesterdays news that the united States voted against a United Nations resolution condemning the death penalty for having gay sex.  Nikki Haley is denying that the vote had nothing to do gay genocide but instead U.S. voted against the resolution because of its support for the legal death penalty, adding that it had hoped for a “balanced and inclusive” resolution rather than one that said capital punishment is a human rights violation.

Haley later took issue with her critics on Twitter, saying “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.”

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert had told reporters earlier in the day saying that the U.S. condemns executions for and the criminalization of homosexuality, and that suggestions to the contrary are “misleading.”

A statement from the U.S. at the time of the vote explaining the decision did not include any language about the protection of same-sex people, juveniles or minorities.

The U.S. has executed 18 people this year, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

An Amnesty International report said that the U.S. had the seventh most executions in the world last year, between Egypt and Somalia.

Either way its reprehensible. 

 

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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