On December 18, 2008, 66 nations signed a UN statement supporting decriminalizing homosexuality, arguing that no person should face criminal penalties because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. On the same day, another nearly 60 nations signed another statement opposing decriminalization. Despite this split, the US announced in March 2009 that it would join the 66 nations in support of decriminalization. In June 2011, the US joined 22 other members of the UN Human Rights Council in passing a resolution that prioritized ending LGBT discrimination worldwide.
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