By Cathy Kristofferson, July 25, 2013
British Prime Minister David Cameron declared last night that he wanted to “EXPORT” marriage equality “around the world”. Mr. Cameron was speaking at a garden party to celebrate the recent passage of ‘his’ Marriage Equality Act for England and Wales.
This is the headline in today’s UK Telegraph:
The article reports:
He said that he wanted to “export” same sex marriage around the world so other countries could follow suit.
Cameron is so proud of his party’s work he said “I’m going to export the bill team. I think they can be part of this global race and take it around the world.”
Perhaps Cameron has not read nor been advised of The Kaleidoscope Trust’s reporting on “Gay Marriage and Other Wins for LGBT People Here Are Making Life Worse for Gays and Lesbians in Developing Countries” One would imagine that he is familiar with The Kaleidoscope Trust, as it is an organization established in London in 2011 specifically to lobby Britain’s politicians to revoke anti-gay laws in the Commonwealth.
It wasn’t until I went looking for how many of those countries had picked up The Telegraph’s reporting – handing that pin-less grenade to so many haters – until I found what The Telegraph’s reporting had left out. In Kenya, they say he followed his ‘export’ riff with an amazing understatement:
But Mr Cameron signaled that he wants to go further in pressing gay rights. He told the gathering: ‘There’s still a lot more work to be done.
‘There’s work to be done talking to our Commonwealth partners about decriminalising homosexuality in various countries.”
There are 76, 78 or 83 countries in the world where homosexuality is illegal depending on how you count. 43 of those are thanks to British colonization, Mr. Cameron.
As we reported here on OBLOGDEE back in March when Queen Elizabeth II issued the new charter she left the Commonwealth’s sexual minority citizens inferred to as ‘Other’. Reported by the UK’s Daily Mail as:
“The charter, dubbed a ‘21st Century Commonwealth Magna Carta’ declares: ‘We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.’ The ‘other grounds’ is intended to refer to sexuality – but specific reference to ‘gays and lesbians’ was omitted in deference to Commonwealth countries with draconian anti-gay laws.”
Clearly there is a LOT more to do and perhaps Mr. Cameron should have little chats with leaders about decriminalizing homosexuality in those 43 countries! And let us not forget the part Great Britain played in that colonial era criminalization. Perhaps the work is to undo that harm first.
Add to that the hypocrisy when taking into account the UK’s disgusting track record deporting LGBTI asylum seekers back to countries where their lives are immediately at risk. One of many cases includes that of Jackie Nanyonjo who Cameron’s UK deported back to ‘Kill The Gays’ Uganda just a few months ago only to die after a controversial manhandling by the UK security agents, as reported here on OBLOGDEE.
The UK’s Movement For Justice advocates about these deportations all the time. Today’s tweet read “URGENT! Stop deportation of Ugandan Lesbian Aisha this SAT: ACT NOW!” Mr. Cameron should perhaps also schedule a chat with the head of the UK Border Agency (UKBA).
And yes, I hear the glass shattering all around us here in the United States. We are likely the largest exporters of hate and homophobia on the planet. And have done very little to proactively help LGBTI people seeking refuge.
Cameron should be aware that there is more to LGBTI equality than marriage. And there is more to do to gain full acceptance abroad. The LGBTI community’s ability to pursue happiness in many countries should start with decriminalization of sexuality. Hopefully Mr. Cameron, will stop to consider his audience – his careless bravado – and the full breadth and meaning of his words!
- Breaking Nigeria passes sweeping anti-gay legislation (oblogdeeoblogda.me)
- Lesbian dies after being deported by United Kingdom back to Uganda (oblogdeeoblogda.me)
- If Queen Elizabeth really wants to make history tomorrow… (oblogdeeoblogda.me)
- The Queen will make implicit reference to gay rights in new pledge to end discrimination for Commonwealth (oblogdeeoblogda.me)