British PM appoints anti-LGBT justice secretary


This Prime Minister reshuffled her Cabinet over the weekend after her Conservative Party lost its majority in parliament in the election and started negotiations about uniting with the Democratic Unionist Party, during which she appointed the new Justice Secretary David Lidington. Lidington has an appalling record when it comes to LGBT issues, having voted against same-sex marriage on both occasions in 2013, explaining that the purpose of marriage is not only to spread love but also to bear and raise kids, and gay couples cannot do it naturally, to his mind. In 2004, he was one of just 47 MPs who voted against the Civil Partnerships Bill.
As the minister of state for Europe in 2015, he rejected proposals to follow the United States in appointing a specialised LGBT rights envoy to lobby for equal rights around the world. Lidington voted to maintain a ban on teaching children on LGBT awareness saying that it was promotion of homosexuality. And from 1998 to 1999, he voted against reducing the age of consent from 18 to 16 for homosexual sex 3 times.


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