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After Outcry, U.S. Clarifies Its U.N. Vote Against Death Penalty Ban Including For LGBTs

But some LGBTQ and human rights advocates are dissatisfied with the State Department's explanation.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 4: Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, delivers remarks during a United Nations Security Council meeting on North Korea on September 4, 2017 in New York City. The securty council was holding its second emergency meeting in a week after North Korea announced the detonation of what it called an underground hydrogen bomb September 3. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

The State Department clarified its "no" vote on a United Nations resolution condemning the “imposition of the death penalty as a sanction for specific forms of conduct, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations” following an outcry from LGBTQ and human rights advocates.

The resolution, which you can read HERE, passed the United Nations Human Rights Council with 27 nations voting in favor, 13 voting against and seven abstentions. The United States joined countries such as China, Iraq and Saudi Arabia in opposing the move.

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