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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. Well said Mr Lammy. "Seperate But Equal" is a concept struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court over a half century ago. The great Chief Justice of the U.S. Earl Warren led the court in delivering that unanimous decision.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 6, 2013 5:03:20 PM

  2. Folks: don't let the ignorant comments of guys like Jason distract you from enjoying the beauty and power of Mr Lammy's words.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 6, 2013 5:08:27 PM

  3. Although the MP who interrupts (Stephen Pound if you're interested!) did vote against gay marriage he is from the same party as David Lammy and I think interrupted at that moment because he was coming up to the time limit for his speech. In Parliament when someone asks a question midway through a speech you get an extra minute to respond, so allowing him to finish his amazing speech :-)

    Posted by: Alex | Feb 6, 2013 5:49:34 PM

  4. Can someone send this to a few of the justices on our own Supreme Court?

    Posted by: Rexford | Feb 7, 2013 3:40:08 AM

  5. Poor Jason--he can think of gay people (probably including himself) only in terms of sex and money. Tragic, really.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Feb 7, 2013 6:19:51 AM

  6. Jason,

    Why so jaded? I for one am not motivated by sex and money, and I feel truly sorry for you as it seems that you are.

    Posted by: Peter Hargmier | Feb 7, 2013 9:04:35 AM

  7. there are heroes among us. this man is one.

    Posted by: steve | Feb 7, 2013 11:05:09 AM

  8. Excellent speech. One thing I am wondering though, why do we never hear religious people whose churches/synagogues/temples etc support gay marriage and want to perform them if legal stand up and say "what about MY religious freedom"?

    Posted by: Bob | Feb 7, 2013 5:47:34 PM


    Posted by: Scottie Romfo | Feb 8, 2013 10:38:04 AM

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