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184 MEPs support gay rights manifesto

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  1. Stuart Neyton 27 Jan 2012, 2:17pm

    Of the British MEPs, it was signed by all 13 Labour MEPs, 8 out of 12 Lib Dems, both Green Party MEPs, 1 out of 2 SNP (bizarrely the one who hasn’t [Alyn Smith] is gay himself), only ONE Tory signed it (out of 27) and hardly surprisingly none of the UKIP, BNP, DUP or former UKIP members signed.

    Could do better.

    http://www.ilga-europe.org/home/how_we_work/european_institutions/be_bothered

    1. Thanks for that

    2. vversatile 28 Jan 2012, 3:30am

      Thanks.
      That’s a dreadful showing by the LibDems who until now have been the party most supportive of gay rights – in Westminster anyway.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 27 Jan 2012, 3:04pm

    Only 1 out of 27 Tories signed it? What does that say about them? Absolutely shameful. Now if only the MEPs would push for marriage equality in all member states. Surprising to see 8 out of 12 Liberal Democrats signed on while all of Labour signed.

    1. Father Ted 27 Jan 2012, 3:45pm

      That is a pretty bad show for for a major British party. Perhaps gay Tories need to do more to educate their straight brethren. Maybe Dave can ask them to explain their reticence while he’s over there trying to abolish the independence of the European Court of Human Rights.

      1. GingerlyColors 29 Jan 2012, 6:33am

        David Cameron is not abolishing ‘the independence of the ECHR’, he is trying to re-establish the independence of the British Courts. Why shouldn’t we be able to deport terrorists who hate gays without infringing their ‘human rights’? What about OUR rights?

  3. It seems that only the MEPs of Spain, Ireland and Finland had a a majority of the grup sign.

  4. This is an impressive success for the IGLA-Europe and the LGBT Intergroup of the European Parliament.

    1. Juris Lavrikovs 27 Jan 2012, 6:22pm

      The signatures are still coming and today we have 190 signatures, keep writing to your MEPs and encourage them to sign!

  5. “Don’t legalise gay marriage, Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu warns David Cameron
    Marriage must remain a union between a man and a woman, says the Archbishop of York, and David Cameron will be acting like a “dictator” if he allows homosexual couples to wed.”
    Article plus video here:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9045796/Dont-legalise-gay-marriage-Archbishop-of-York-Dr-John-Sentamu-warns-David-Cameron.html

  6. GingerlyColors 29 Jan 2012, 6:28am

    While I personally do not agree with many aspects of the EU, especially the vanity project that is the doomed Euro, there are reasons why Europe is better off united than reverting back to the old ways of the Iron Curtain and what preceeded it.
    Maintenance of human rights is an important cornerstone of the EU and should continue even if the EU has to be replaced by something else.
    With this pledge to support gay rights the next step for the EU is to demand the removal of gay marriage bans from constitutions which will make it easier for those countries to introduce gay marriage. Having enjoyed my visits to Budapest I am disappointed that Hungary has chosen to write a gay marriage ban into it’s new constitution although registered partnerships are still allowed there.

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