Theresa May regrets that Commonwealth still has colonial-era laws

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Prime Minister Theresa May has told Commonwealth leaders that the UK “deeply regrets” that more than in a half of countries of the British Commonwealth still consider homosexuality illegal. Speaking at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) meeting in London on Tuesday, May responded to LGBT activists of the Commonwealth that asked her to take actions. “Across the world, discriminatory laws made many years ago continue to affect the lives of many people, criminalising same sex relations and failing to protect women and girls. I am all too aware that these laws were often put in place by my own country. They were wrong then and they are wrong now,” she said, adding that such laws are cruel, deadly and discriminatory. Commonwealth is a family, and every member of a family should be treated with love, respect and dignity. One thing is accepting cultural differences, another thing is attacking basic human rights. May said: “If the Commonwealth is to endure in such a world, we must demonstrate our purpose anew. We must show what the Commonwealth is capable of, and this summit can be the moment where that change begins to happen.”

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