A 2017 poll shows that more than 70 countries around the world still criminalize homosexuality. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is trying to make strides on this topic, but isn’t limiting their efforts to the US. Instead, they want to start a campaign to end this punishment globally.
- Leading this campaign for the Trump Administration is U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell, who is openly gay. The campaign comes on the heels of a recent hanging of a homosexual that took place in Iran.
- Grenell, talking about the hanging in Iran states, “This is not the first time the Iranian regime has put a gay man to death with the usual outrageous claims of prostitution, kidnapping or even pedophilia. And it sadly won’t be the last time. Barbaric public executions are all too common in a country where consensual homosexual relationships are criminalized and punishable by flogging and death.”
- President Trump is on good terms with the Middle East countries, but this campaign may strain those relationships. Most of the Middle East allies have laws against homosexuality, going so far as to make it a crime punishable by death.
- One of the hopes is that, the European allies bring forth support of this cause. If European allies are in support of the efforts to end punishment for homosexuality, they may also get on the same page as the US when it comes to Iran and their human rights record in general.
- Trump knows what he is doing by trying to make peace with other countries and standing up for human rights. It’s better to have allies who are actively trying to be more humane than to cultivate enemies who may not even realize how barbaric they are.