United Nations Condemns Executions Based On Sexual Orientation Or Gender Identity

The Third Committee of the United Nations voted last week to condemn executions based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. This is a distinct reversal from 2010, when the same committee stripped “sexual orientation” from the resolution, which also never included gender identity before now. Numerous Islamic countries and the Vatican attempted to remove the LGBT-inclusion, but their amendments failed. The Obama administration abstained from the resolution, but praised it nonetheless.