Prime MinisterTheresa May has finally spoken more clearly about anti-gay laws across the British Commonwealth at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London. She told participants that countries need to reform outdated laws regarding homosexuality. The renewed call for action against British colonial-era laws comes after Bermuda decided to end gay marriage after initially allowing it.
“Across the world, discriminatory laws made many years ago continue to affect the lives of many people, criminalizing same-sex relations and failing to protect women and girls. I am all too aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country. They were wrong then and they are wrong now,” she said.
“As a family of nations we must respect one another’s cultures and traditions. But we must do so in a manner consistent with our common value of equality, a value that is clearly stated in the Commonwealth charter. Recent years have brought welcome progress. The three nations that have most recently decriminalized same-sex relationships are all Commonwealth members, and since the heads of government last met the Commonwealth has agreed to accredit its first organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” she continued.
Adding: “Yet there remains much to do. Nobody should face persecution or discrimination because of who they are or who they love. And the UK stands ready to support any Commonwealth member wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible.”