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Queen Elizabeth II to Sign Historic Pledge Against Discrimination Seen As Signal of Gay Rights Support

Queen Elizabeth II will sign an historic pledge against discrimination that does not explicitly mention gay people but is being seen as a powerful gesture on gay and women's rights, the Daily Mail reports:

QueenIn a live television broadcast, she will sign a new charter designed to stamp out discrimination against homosexual people and promote the ‘empowerment’ of women – a key part of a new drive to boost human rights and living standards across the Commonwealth.

In her first public appearance since she had hospital treatment for a stomach bug, the Queen will sign the new Commonwealth Charter and make a speech explaining her passionate commitment to it.

Insiders say her decision to highlight the event is a ‘watershed’ moment – the first time she has clearly signalled her support for gay rights in her 61-year reign.

The charter, dubbed a ‘21st Century Commonwealth Magna Carta’ declares: ‘We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.’

The ‘other grounds’ is intended to refer to sexuality – but specific reference to ‘gays and lesbians’ was omitted in deference to Commonwealth countries with draconian anti-gay laws.

The Queen is expected to say that the rights must "include everyone", according to the paper.


With the Duchess of Cambridge about five months’ pregnant, the change in the law could have a crucial effect. At present, if, as is rumoured, the Duchess and Prince William have a daughter, but go on to have a son, the son would become King when William dies. However, under the law change, due to be approved in the next few months, the girl would become Monarch.

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  1. RAT, that tiara belongs to the state not the Queen. In fact, practically all the ceremonial crown jewels belong to the state.

    Anyway, as the writer above says, it a house of homophobic cards that is falling down upon the Maggie Gallaghers, the Islamists, the Orthodox (Jews and Christians) and all other bigots.

    It is heartening to witness the continuing destruction of the once-monolithic homophobia that constricted and suffocated gay and lesbian people and kept us from living our lives openly without fear.

    I am so amazed to see this all happening! Yesterday, I received a wedding invitation in the mail for two long-time friends who have been together since 1981 and are getting married in May. How wonderful!

    I just never thought that I would see any of this in my lifetime!

    I look forward to watching Her Majesty's speech.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 10, 2013 2:43:15 PM

  2. It's hard for me to see this as a complete positive when the speech was designed to contain a glaring omission. It would be a bit like if a white leader had told South Africa during the apartheid era that "every South African's right to vote, work and travel must be respected, whether his eyes are blue or light green and whether he's descended from the Dutch or the Germans or the British, or ancestors from various other places."

    Posted by: GregV | Mar 10, 2013 5:46:04 PM

  3. About time.

    Posted by: Rita | Mar 10, 2013 6:39:05 PM

  4. Nope. Sorry. 'Other' is not 'clear' in my book.
    Given her history of avoiding referring to 'the gays' it seems she still finds the subject a little vulgar.

    Posted by: Attaboy | Mar 11, 2013 7:13:33 AM

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