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Nick Clegg: ‘Section 28 was divisive but I’m glad to be part of a government fighting for LGBT rights’

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  1. “Section 28 was repealed first of all in Scotland in 2000″ – thanks to Clegg’s Lib Dem colleagues north of the border, who pressed it onto the agenda as part of the terms of their coalition in Holyrood with Labour.

    Governing alone south of the border Labour left it on the statute book for another few years.

    1. I was always under the impression it was Labour’s Wendy Alexander who pushed for the repeal in Scotland.

  2. A good proportion of the people he’s in government with now fought to keep section 28. And most of the party he formed a coalition with fought against marriage equality – so “part of a government fighting for LGBT rights” is a stretch

  3. Jan Bridget 18 Nov 2013, 7:44pm

    I am sick of hearing politicians making out that they are LGBT-friendly. When are they going to do something about schools and supporting LGBT youth?

    http://www.galyic.org.uk/support/health_inequalities.html

    1. Personally I prefer hearing politicians ‘making out’ they are LGBT freindly, to openly ‘making out’ they are not gay friendly. Things have changed so much in the last 10 years, and will continue to change for the better because of these gay friendly MP’s that you’re sick of.

  4. “securing the landmark legislation to secure equal marriage that I have supported for years”

    Am I correct in thinking that he means three years? Still, that’s longer than Stonewall.

    1. Pretty sure Nick became the first major party leader to publicly support equal marriage in a Pink News interview in 2008 at the latest, if not sooner.

      1. Benjamin Cohen 18 Nov 2013, 11:42pm

        Actually Nick was first asked in February 2010 by PinkNews. But I know that he had supported it himself for quite sometime. The odd thing is that no one asked him before!

  5. Labour did a great thing repealing section 28, and the coalition have done a great thing by introducing same sex marriage.

  6. Paul Halsall 18 Nov 2013, 9:00pm

    I hate Tories, as anyone sick with HIV and needing benefits can testify. I was always shy about bodily functions but now I have to discus uncontrollable diarrhea with almost any civil servant, and the phrase “bowel incontinence” is what we all agree is a term to describe a very nasty event.

    But Cameroon did push for equal marriage, and kudos to him for that.

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