1.) Iran did away with government mandated birth control this year too.
Up until 2014, Iran provided free contraceptives -- including birth control pills -- through its national health program. As recently as 2000, Iranians used contraceptives at a rate similar to the U.S.
After hardliners took over in 2004 things began to change, and forcing women back into more traditional gender roles became a priority. By 2012, Iran announced that the program would be eliminated because the regime wanted to ensure that more women had children (whether they wanted to or not.) After the Hobby Lobby decision, the U.S. is following a similar path.
2.) Conservatives openly oppose separation of church and state.
Many conservative Republican politicians espouse the belief that the Founding Fathers never intended to have separation of church and state, that we are a "Christian nation," and that the Founders intended for Christianity to be the state religion.
Even more frightening, a large number of past and potentially future Republican presidential candidates do not believe in the separation of church and state. This includes Rick Santorum, Rick Perry (who blamed separation of church and state on Satan), Rep. Louie Gohmert ("Separation of church and state means church plays a role in the state"), Rep. Ron Paul, his son Sen. Rand Paul, and Sen. Ted Cruz.
3.) In some ways, Iran's national policy is more progressive on transgender issues.
Fatwas issued by both Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khameini both support transition for transgender individuals. Due to Khomeini's fatwa, issued in 1987, transsexual women in Iran have been able to live as women until they can afford surgery, have surgical reassignment paid for by the Iranian national health service, have their birth certificates and all official documents issued to them in their new gender, and get married to men.
This isn't to say it's great being transgender or gay in Iran. There is still a great deal of stigma attached to the idea of transsexualism and gender reassignment in ordinary Iranian society, and most transsexuals, after completing their transition, are advised to maintain discretion about their past. Transgender individuals cannot refuse to have surgery. The Iranian regime uses forced gender reassignment surgery to "fix" the orientation of gays and lesbians in the country.
Still, some of Iran's policies on transgender issues are more progressive than those of the United States, where access to medical care, documentation, and fully recognized marriages is still exceptionally difficult outside of progressive states.
4.) Saudia Arabia executed less people than the U.S. in 2013.
Only China, Iraq, and Iran (and presumably North Korea) execute more of their citizens per year than the U.S. This past year we managed to leapfrog past Saudi "Let's-Get-Busy-Stoning!" Arabia to move into fourth or fifth place (depending if you count North Korea).
5.) Conservatives gush over other hideous, theocratic dystopian nations.
Conservatives in America have a serious man-crush on Vladimir Putin and Russia. Leading right wing commentators and religious leaders like Sean Hannity and Franklin Graham can't get enough of the gay-hating, Anschluss-loving plutocrat.
Putin calls America godless, blames it on LGBT people, and America's Christian right makes him a hero for it. They look at his repression of freedom of speech and association when it comes to LGBT people... and applaud it -- because they believe the First Amendment only applies to Christians, and gays can't be real Christians.
Neither can they stop praising horrific theocracies like Saudi Arabia and Iran, especially for their willingness to imprison and execute LGBT people, as well as their political and legal systems.
The rest of the list is after the break.