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Speaker of the House of Commons to push for gay rights in the Commonwealth

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  1. The least you could so seeing as it was your Queen Victoria that was responsible for the position we’re in now!

  2. I would advice him to read the report of the last commonwealth meeting where David Cameron tried to ‘push for gay rights’.

    He may also wish to note that it was immediately after the ‘push for gay rights’ by DC that several commonwealth countries, including Nigeria, commenced legislative processes against gays.

    1. Would that be the one that caused Malawi to re-evaluate their stance on LGBT rights or the one that made Rwanda say they would improve their record on LGBT rights?

      Rwanda’s leaders prevented an anti-homosexuality bill progressing (that had been based on the inhumane legislation that Ugandan MPs have attempted to introduce) stating that it was inappropriate in Rwanda.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 9 May 2012, 1:22pm

        Don’t forget, Kenya is mulling it too. Must be all that British financial aid they might lose, some of it from gay tax payers.

  3. Looking forward to hearing your speech, John.

    I hope you stress the invitation to all countries to be ‘on the right side of history’.


  4. Jasper Foucault 9 May 2012, 11:27am

    One thing to do would be to ask the American state to stop funding super-rich “religious” personages with multiple private jets and mansions, through extensive tax exemptions that are paid for by all Americans regardless of their religion.

    Some of these people use their massive wealth to oppose human rights both in the US and in Commonwealth countries.

    For an eye opener, see the the video on by Sean Fairclough.

  5. Why is he going going to claim that as a result of British colonialism, 41 out of the 54 countries in the Commonwealth have laws that criminalise homosexuality.

    That is such a cop-out and allows the Commonwealth countries to pretend that their poisonous bigotry is imported.

    It is not.

    The Commonwealth is brutally homophobic solely because they are brutally homophobic societies.

    Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India were also colonised but all those countries managed to discard the old laws.

    The 41 Commonwealth countries with the old laws, have kept these laws because they agree with them.

    1. Spanner1960 9 May 2012, 6:05pm

      What’s that got to do with anything?
      They were often backwards before we even got there.
      We dragged them screaming into the 19th century.
      Had it not been for the British Empire, they would still be in the 17th.

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 9 May 2012, 2:51pm

    Laudable, but where does John stand on equal marriage I wonder?

    1. I can’t be 100% on this, but I am certain I say Bercow being interviewed a few months back saying that he was confident that a mature Parliament would do the right thing to ensure that gay people are treated fairly where marriage is concerned.

      I guess as speaker that is about as clear as he can be on an issue that the government are proposing.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 9 May 2012, 5:23pm

        Good to know, Stu, thanks. I just hope we hear more MPs speaking out in support. All we’re getting lately are these lunatic right wingers getting coverage. I do wish some of them would stand up and push back at them for a change, especially those in their own party.

        1. Spanner1960 9 May 2012, 6:06pm

          Except he is not an MP.
          He should remain impartial and unbiased.

          1. He is MP for Buckingham

  7. John Bercow = pretty cool guy.

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