British election result good for gay rights

May 09, 2005

Tony Blair
LONDON — "We are delighted by Labour.s reduced majority, by the Tory failure to make significant gains, and by the increased vote for the Liberal Democrats and the Greens," said Peter Tatchell of the gay human rights group OutRage!

"This is a good result for gay rights.

"Many gay voters have deserted Labour and switched to the more pro-gay Lib Dems and Greens. They are angered by Tony Blair's recent blocking of ten important gay rights measures; especially his exclusion of gay rights from the recent Equality Bill," said Mr Tatchell.

OutRage! campaign coordinator, Brett Lock, added:

"The Tories failed to endorse any measures for gay equality during the election campaign and they failed to act against two of their candidates who ran homophobic campaigns. They got a deserved drubbing at the hands of pink electors. We all remember Tory leader Michael Howard was the government minister who pushed through the notorious Section 28 in 1988. He opposed every gay law reform during the 1990s.

"The Lib Dems and the Greens have the most gay-friendly policies. They supported the ten recent gay rights measures that Labour and the Tories opposed.

"It is good for the lesbian and gay community that the Lib Dems have increased their vote and seats. We are pleased the Greens have raised their share of the vote to nearly 4 percent, but disappointed that under Britain.s undemocratic, unfair voting system they have won no seats," concluded Mr Lock. – OutRage!

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