The U.S. on voted against a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution that condemns the #death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual acts.
Still, the resolution — which Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia and Switzerland introduced — passed by a 27-13 vote margin.
This leaves nation-states that execute LGBTI people open for sanctions or refusal of aid from the United Nations at the discretion of Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Col. Jordan Palmer with Kentucky Equality Federation and Marriage Equality Kentucky, called the U.S. vote shameful, but not unlike similar resolutions the U.S. also sided with Russia, Iran, and Egypt in the past.
“America will never be “great” again until we deal with human rights,” Palmer stated.
Kelly Currie, the U.S. representative to the U.N. Economic and Social Council, attended the event but did NOT speak.
Former U.S. Vice President Biden is among those who spoke at last year’s U.N. LGBT Core Group event.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley (former Governor of the State of South Carolina) in April said the U.S. remains “disturbed” by the ongoing crackdown against gay men and lesbians in Chechnya.