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The synthetic painkiller fentanyl has been the driving force behind the nation’s opioid epidemic, killing tens of thousands of Americans last year in overdoses. Now two states want to use the drug’s powerful properties for a new purpose: to execute prisoners on death row.
As Nevada and Nebraska push for the country’s first fentanyl-assisted executions, doctors and death penalty opponents are fighting those plans. They have warned that such an untested use of fentanyl could lead to painful, botched executions, comparing the use of it and other new drugs proposed for lethal injection to human experimentation.
States are increasingly pressed for ways to carry out the death penalty because of problems obtaining the drugs they long have used, primarily because pharmaceutical companies are refusing to supply their drugs for executions.
The situation has led states such as Florida, Ohio and Oklahoma to turn to novel drug combinations for executions. Mississippi legalized nitrogen gas this s…

Executed for Being Gay: 10 Places Where Being Gay Can Get You Killed

It’s crazy to think that today, in 2015, there are still places in the world where being gay could get you killed. Sure, we have a long way to go when it comes to equal rights, intolerance and acceptance — but being killed? How is that still possible?

Unfortunately, it’s a very scary reality for many LGBTQ people around the world.

YEMEN: If you’re a married man, and get caught having homosexual intercourse, you can be stoned to death. If you’re unmarried and get caught it’s a whipping and/or a year in prison. And for women — up to seven years in prison.

IRAN: Men caught engaging in homosexual sex can be killed. And it’s not just lip service: In July 2005, two teenagers were hanged, convicted of “homosexuality.”

IRAQ: There’s nothing in the law that calls out homosexuality specifically, but that hasn’t stopped militias and local judges from sentencing people to death anyway.

MAURITANIA: Gay Muslim men can face stoning, and gay Muslim women face imprisonment.

NIGERIA: Not only is it illegal for gay people to form clubs or groups, some states in Nigeria have also adopted the death penalty for gay men.

QATAR: Extramarital sex is punishable by death. And since same-sex marriage isn’t legal, that includes all homosexual sex.

SAUDI ARABIA: Lashes, imprisonment and stoning are acceptable punishments for “sodomy” and other homosexual acts.

SOMALIA: Imprisonment may be the law of the land, but that hasn’t stopped some states from enacting the death penalty.

SUDAN: Get caught once: Flogging. Twice: Imprisonment. Three times: Death penalty.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: There’s some confusion about what actually warrants the death penalty (consensual homosexual sex or just rape?), but all sex outside of marriage is banned.

Source: PRIDE, Dustin Diehl, January 14, 2016
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