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Matt Hancock ridiculed after calling same-sex marriage ‘proudest moment’ hours after defending enemy of marriage equality Tony Abbott

Josh Milton September 4, 2020
Britain's health secretary Matt Hancock (L), fresh from defending marriage equality opponent Tony Abbott, gave himself a pat on the back for voting for same-sex marriage. (Getty)

Britain's health secretary Matt Hancock (L), fresh from defending marriage equality opponent Tony Abbott, gave himself a pat on the back for voting for same-sex marriage. (Getty)

Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock became a Twitter punchline Friday (September 4) after calling marriage equality “one of his proudest moments” less than a day after he excused ardent same-sex marriage opponent Tony Abbott.

Hancock took to Twitter the day after a car-crash interview over Abbott – newly-appointed UK trade envoy – and his history of homophobic and misogynist comments, to celebrate the roll-out of LGBT-inclusive sex and relationship education in British schools.

“Fantastic that from this week, schools now teach LGBT-inclusive relationships and sex-ed,” he wrote.

“One of my proudest moments in Parliament was voting for same-sex marriage and I’m pleased that we’ve made this much-needed reform to our education system. #LoveIsLove.”

Hancock’s sudden clamour to celebrate LGBT+ rights advancements came in marked contrast to a car-crash interview given to Sky News’ Kay Burley the previous morning (September 3).

The health secretary was quizzed on since-substantiated rumours Tony Abbott will become a trade envoy, despite his history of derogatory comments towards women and LGBT+ people.

When it was put to him that the former Australian premier is “a homophobe and misogynist”, Hancock, who was wearing a rainbow NHS badge, clumsily replied: “He’s also an expert on trade.”

Naturally, Hancock’s tweet quickly became a lightning rod for derision.

Abbott’s pronounced history of anti-LGBT+ comments, such as saying that being gay “challenges […] the right order of things” or that children should only be raised by straight couples, has flared backlash from wearisome queer activists, lawmakers, journalists and other human beings capable of feeling a sense of humanity.

Such criticism has barely stung a handful of Conservative ministers, however, who have sought to dial down the criticism the rumoured appointment has drawn.

Liz Truss, who serves as president of the board of trade as well as equalities minister and trade secretary, called accusations against Abbott, a socially conservative Catholic, as “virtue signalling” from the left.

More: Boris Johnson, Conservative Party, homophobic, LGBT rights, liz truss, Matt Hancock, misogynistic, Tony Abbott

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