Monday, 21 September 2009

Tories complicit in new homophobic bulllies' charter

Greens in the European Parliament have condemned a Lithuanian version of the UK's infamous 'Clause 28' - a new law than will make it unlawful for teachers to promote services aimed at helping the victims of homophobia or transphobia.

Meanwhile, the Tory MEPs, have maintained their silence - abstaining in a vote of whether to insist that the Lithuanian authorities repeal the legislation.

Vicky Wakefield-Jarrett, my fellow Green party councillor here in Brighton, and our group's 'Equalities Spokesperson, said the Tory abstention was tantamount to complicity.

She said: "Clause 28 saw a number of lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual student support groups in schools and colleges across Britain closed for fear they were breaching the Act. It’s no stretch to imagine the same thing will now happen in Lithuania – and young LGBT people will suffer as a result."

None of this should be a surprise though.

When the British Tories decided to form a homophobic group in the European Parliament – one that contains Polish politicians who have warned that homosexuality spells ‘the end of civilization as we know it’ – it was only a matter of time before this started to affect the way they voted.

So of course the Tories have refused to oppose this: it just goes to show that, whatever individual Tory politicians are like, voting for them is voting for a homophobic party which will make life much worse for all LGBT people before too long.

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