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Comment: Could the EU soon have its second openly gay prime minister?

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 31 Oct 2013, 12:00pm

    Good for Luxembourg. There were rumblings at one time if it would introduce equal marriage. Maybe with a gay PM it could well happen.

    I wonder if the British public would be supportive of an openly gay PM? I would suspect the Mail and Telegraph and their cohorts would make sure it didn’t happen with a negative publicity campaign and all manner of vile allegations and slurs. It’s sad to think that even today, there are closeted gay people in Parliament who haven’t had the courage to come out. Crispin Blunt’s recent Reigate council re-selection issue may well send a chilling effect to others to come out if he loses support for re-election in 2015. Then there was the issue of supporting equal marriage which may have played a part.

    1. Well, Ted Heath was widely assumed to be gay by the British press and public. Whether or not he actually was is irrelevant; the public perception was that he was gay and he still got voted in as PM in 1970.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 31 Oct 2013, 1:46pm

        He wasn’t openly gay or even admitted it prior to his death, big difference compared to the PM of Belgium and hopefully Luxembourg.

        1. I was answering the question “I wonder if the British public would be supportive of an openly gay PM?” And I repeat: irrespective of whether Ted Heath was gay or not, the public perception was that he *was* gay and he still got voted in as PM in 1970. So the answer to your question seems to be ‘yes’.

          1. John, I never perceived what you say was perceived by the entire British public.

            What I DID perceive was that a few people, mainly gay people, thought it possible he was gay because of his not being married and rumours of him having spent a lot of time yachting with young male friends. But beyond those few with suspicions everyone else whom I knew simply thought Heath a posh bachelor. In those days the term “bachelor” still existed, was still permitted, in the sense that people did not generally consider that an unmarried older man WAS homosexual, or HAD TO BE homosexual.

  2. Funny how UK writers still feel the need to say “Catholic Ireland” when mentioning their neighbour. I assume at some point they might come visit to find out just how “un-Catholic” Irish people are in their attitudes today. I suppose the fact that we know a lot more about you than you do about us is a reason for the persistence of the stereotypes on your side of the pond.

    1. Harry Underwood 4 Nov 2013, 3:37am

      What with the anti-abortion law maintained until recently in the Republic of Ireland in order to mollify Catholic clerical outrage?

  3. Why must be define a person entirely on their sexual orientation? What about his policies and beliefs- no they’re left by the wayside.

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