Thursday, 21 July 2016 17:50

The Position Of The New British Prime Minister Theresa May On LGBTQ Rights

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Following the Brexit, which saw the choice of the UK to get out of Europe by a decision taken by referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron had to resign. He was replaced by Theresa May but what is her position on LGBTQ rights?

Well, contrary to what we might think because she is conservative, Theresa May is a supporter of LGBTQ rights.

Early in her career, criticized by advocacy groups for LGBT rights for her opposition to the adoption by same-sex couples, Theresa May has managed to change her position and support.

In 2004, she voted for civil partnerships before helping the legalization of marriage equality in pushing the bill to make it to the agenda of the government as soon as possible.

In 2010, and when the Conservative Party made no mention of marriage equality, Theresa May has published a brochure promising to LGBT people that her party would consider legalizing equal marriage. This brochure went unnoticed at the time, but when Theresa May joined the government, she worked with another minister of the opposition, Liberal Democratic Line, and also worked with LGBT rights groups to push to legalize equal marriage.

Her support, as stated by Christopher BookerChristopher Booker, has been little noticed in the UK. Her stance in favor of equal marriage was more visible within the European Council.

Here's what she recently said in a statement:

"When I launched my campaign for the leadership I set out my belief in building a country that works for everyone. Central to that vision is a commitment to equality, and I will always stand up for the rights of LGBT people.

"I supported Civil Partnerships in 2004, and was proud to sponsor the legislation that introduced full marriage equality in 2013 because I believe marriage should be for everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation.

"I didn’t believe the State should perpetuate discrimination and prejudice against LGBT people. That’s why equal marriage was a hugely significant social reform. And it also made a powerful and important statement that as a country we value and respect everyone.

"For me, equality is about fairness. It is simply wrong for anyone to face discrimination or abuse because of who they are or who they love.

"A Conservative Government under my leadership would be unequivocally committed to supporting LGBT people, and continuing the vital task of tackling hate crime, homophobia and transphobia – both in the UK and around the world.

"I firmly believe in an open, inclusive, One Nation agenda of social reform which will change our country for the better. That is what I would offer as Prime Minister."