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Nikki Haley's UN Vote on Gays Death Penalty Clarified

Nikki Haley's UN Vote on Gays Death Penalty Clarified

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks after voting on a U.S.-drafted resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on Aug. 5, 2017. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 05 October 2017 10:16 AM

Nikki Haley clarified her United Nations vote on against a resolution condemning the death penalty for gay relationships and other acts, NBC News reported.

While the resolution passed the U.N. Human Rights Council 27-13 with seven abstentions, U.S. officials said the "no" vote was cast because of its broader statement of condemning the death penalty, which is legal in the United States, in all circumstances, per NBC News.

The resolution condemned the death penalty when "applied arbitrarily or in a discriminatory manner" and specifically condemned "the imposition of the death penalty as a sanction for specific forms of conduct, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations," NBC News stated.

Former Obama administration ambassador Susan Rice slammed the U.S. vote on Twitter.

That brought broader criticism, including from Ty Cobb, director of the Human Rights Campaign Global in a statement.

"Ambassador Haley has failed the LGBTQ community by not standing up against the barbaric use of the death penalty to punish individuals in same-sex relationships," Cobb said in the statement. "While the U.N. Human Rights Council took this crucially important step, the Trump/Pence administration failed to show leadership on the world stage by not championing this critical measure. This administration's blatant disregard for human rights and LGBTQ lives around the world is beyond disgraceful."

Haley said on social media that her position was the same as the Obama administration's position on the measure that had been voted on by the United Nations before.

Gregory Angelo, president of Log Cabin Republicans, told the Washington Blade that the U.S. has voted against similar resolutions during the George W. Bush administration in 2007 and twice during the Obama administration in 2010 and 2014.

Jessica Stern, executive director of OutRight Action International, told NBC News that the U.S. vote on the U.N. resolution was misconstrued.

"There's been some misreporting and misconceptions," Stern told NBC News. "The U.S. always opposes this death penalty resolution, because it makes reference to a global moratorium on the death penalty. For both Obama and Trump, so long as the death penalty is legal in the U.S., it takes this position."

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