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Let's All Watch UK MP David Lammy Blow Anti-Gay Bigotry Away: 'Separate But Equal is a Fraud!' - VIDEO


UK Labour MP David Lammy gave one of the most impassioned speeches during yesterday's debate that led to the House of Commons approval of the marriage equality bill.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

Said Lammy:

Let me speak frankly.

“Separate but equal” is a fraud. Separate but equal” is the language that tried to push Rosa Parks to the back of the bus. Separate but equal” is the motif that determined that black and white could not possibly drink from the same water fountain, eat at the same table or use the same toilets. “Separate but equal” are the words that justified sending black children to different schools from their white peers – schools that would fail them and condemn them to a life of poverty.

It is an excerpt from the phrasebook of the segregationists and the racists. It is the same statement, the same ideas and the same delusion that we borrowed in this country to say that women could vote – but not until they were 30. It is the same naivety that gave made my dad a citizen in 1956 but refused to condemn the landlords that proclaimed “no blacks, no Irish, no dogs”. It entrenched who we were, who our friends could be and what our lives could become.

This was not “Separate but equal” but “Separate AND discriminated”,

 “Separate AND oppressed”.

 “Separate AND browbeaten”.

 “Separate AND subjugated”.

Separate is NOT equal, so let us be rid of it.

Because as long as there is one rule for us and another for them, we allow the barriers to acceptance to stand unchallenged. As long as our statute books suggest that the love between two men or two women is unworthy of being recognised through marriage, we allow the rot of homophobia to fester.


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  1. Preach it from the mountain brother!

    Posted by: Teyshan | Feb 6, 2013 12:45:18 PM

  2. Preach it from the mountain brother!

    Posted by: Teyshan | Feb 6, 2013 12:45:20 PM

  3. I had tears in my eyes when I watched him give this speech live on the House Of Commons website yesterday. Amazing speaker. Amazing man.

    Sarah Wollaston also gave an amazing speech as well.

    There were many terrifyingly homophobic and radically religious speeches given yesterday, but in the end the pro-equality speeches vastly overshadowed that hatred. Not because of their numbers, but because of their sheer beauty.

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 6, 2013 12:50:35 PM

  4. Breathtaking!

    Posted by: David | Feb 6, 2013 12:55:31 PM

  5. the whole time that dude was speaking, i kept thinking about that guy who tells TL Jones to cool it in Lincoln, really creepy when that old white guy next to him jumps up and starts leaning over him. glad he's there, that dude can talk over anybody.

    Posted by: Cd In DC | Feb 6, 2013 1:08:33 PM

  6. And there it is in a nutshell. If only politicians on this side of the pond would take heed.

    Posted by: Belthazar | Feb 6, 2013 1:11:21 PM

  7. It is interesting he mentioned Jesus who definitely was not a shining example of one man and one woman marriage. He had at least three fathers. The first one, God, was a lie to cover the adultery his mother committed with another man, his second father. Of course Joseph was his stepfather.

    Posted by: simon | Feb 6, 2013 1:27:16 PM

  8. So powerful and moving!

    Posted by: Jim | Feb 6, 2013 1:34:27 PM

  9. Well, we have had millions of people come out and voiced every single arguments to support gays and lesbians. But when reasonable words can still not reach to the brain of some people, then we can only hope that others will listen, and turn their back away from them and toward us.

    Posted by: jeremyrain | Feb 6, 2013 1:34:33 PM

  10. Silly Simon! Mary and Joseph weren't already married when Jesus was conceived so, while she may have been a tart, she didn't commit adultery! ;-)

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 6, 2013 1:50:02 PM

  11. It's amazing that simple language is the strongest. People get so wrapped up in language that it loses all meaning until someone starts talking to people like they're six-year-olds--and isn't that what bigots really are?

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Feb 6, 2013 1:53:03 PM

  12. Even after being interrupted by the Bigoted Old Troll, Mr. Lammy could not be silenced. What a powerful and compelling speech. I just sent him an e-mail thanking him for his speech and his support.

    Posted by: Gigi | Feb 6, 2013 2:03:17 PM

  13. "The Jesus I know ..."

    What happened to him?

    Posted by: Glenn I | Feb 6, 2013 2:10:13 PM

  14. Mr. Lammy just cemented himself as one worthy of being remembered. Years from now, kids will do projects about him in school and quote this in their reports.

    Well met!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Feb 6, 2013 2:11:15 PM

  15. So interesting to see a debate about secular equality re-framed as a religious argument.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Feb 6, 2013 2:11:58 PM

  16. DAMN! Why isn't a copy of this speech delivered to cvery member of the House of Representatives here in the U.S. Beautifll and moving speech. Great man.

    Posted by: Geo | Feb 6, 2013 2:22:47 PM

  17. Well stated!!!

    Posted by: GLAW2014 | Feb 6, 2013 2:29:49 PM

  18. I can sometimes fell down about my country, but this wonderful speech brings to my mind the response of one Winston Churchill when he was told of a royal guardsman being discovered in St. James' Park in flagrante with another gentleman on a particularly cold winter's evening;

    Winston: But was it not minus 3 degrees out last night?

    Aid: Yes Sir.

    Winton: Makes you proud to be British!

    Posted by: Peter Hargmier | Feb 6, 2013 2:44:41 PM

  19. If separate-but-equal is so wrong, why do gay men choose to segregate themselves? The gay scene is a form of segregation.

    Posted by: jason | Feb 6, 2013 2:58:54 PM

  20. Great speech, it is all truth. The only sad thing about it is that an English politician knows U.S. History better than our own politicians do; especially here in KS.

    Posted by: KsBrian | Feb 6, 2013 3:05:58 PM

  21. Jason, honey, isn't it nap time or something?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 6, 2013 3:22:49 PM

  22. Jason, when you are reviled by society, and living openly means being in constant danger of being harassed, heckled, or even physically attacked, it makes sense to group together in order to feel safe and supported. We did not ostracize ourselves, we were forced into these small concentrated communities by bigots and fascists like you.


    Posted by: Peter Hargmier | Feb 6, 2013 4:00:55 PM

  23. "...we allow the barriers to acceptance to stand unchallenged."

    Frankly the bigots fear acceptance. That's the last thing they want is for us to be accepted by society as a whole. Bigots don't want us to be equal and they prefer us to be separate.

    Posted by: Craig | Feb 6, 2013 4:04:25 PM

  24. The United States' most important contribution to world culture is
    the idea of freedom and equality.

    It's too bad that we are lagging behind so many other countries when it come to equal marriage rights. It's a violation of this nation's core values.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Feb 6, 2013 4:40:37 PM

  25. Peter Hargmier,

    Nonsense. It's all about the sex...and the money. Segregation increases the chance of a sexual pick-up and it creates a cornered market for those who make money off gay people.

    Posted by: jason | Feb 6, 2013 4:44:12 PM

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