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The shocking US vote not to condemn the death penalty for LGBT people

The past week saw two remarkable developments at the United Nations, and the world took notice of both. One was the passage of a resolution condemning the use of the death penalty as punishment for consensual gay relations. LGBT groups viewed the moment as a major milestone, what the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association called a “historic first.” Celebrations, however, were muted. That’s because of the other occurrence: The United States, until recently a leader in the global effort to advance human rights, voted against the resolution.

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