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Lib Dems still lead the way on gay rights

September 28, 2006 8:03 PM

Writing for the October edition of "Pink News", Lorely Burt MP reflects that the Lib Dems have always taken the lead on LGBT rights and continue to do so.

"Liberal Democrats were the only major party who promised, in their last manifesto, to put an end to the ridiculous situation where gay couples can legally be refused a room in a hotel or even a beer in a pub. Only following a backbench campaign, which included myself, did the Government agree measures like this should protect the LGB community, not just religious groups," writes the Lib Dem equality spokesperson.

Tracing the liberal battle for equality and freedom from Jeremy Bentham in 1785 to the present day she notes "The Government continues to sit by whilst LGBT teenagers are forced to put up with the social terrorism of homophobic bullying. We need action now to ensure that all schools challenge homophobic taunts immediately and that at least one member of staff is specifically trained in how to deal with homophobic bullying."