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    Queen fights for gay rights

    Queen fights for gay rights
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ts-throne.html
    The Queen will tomorrow back an historic pledge to promote gay rights and ‘gender equality’ in one of the most controversial acts of her reign.
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    As absolutely thrilled as I am that her majesty is doing this, I believe this thread belongs in PI non? Mods? Care to move it?
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    I'm thrilled too, but after reading other sources, it's not clear to me whether the Queen will explicitly voice her personal support for gay rights (which would be fantastic, but nevertheless unusual since she rarely makes statements on any political issue), or will merely affirm the contents of the charter as befitting her symbolic rubber stamp role, seeing as the Charter has already been agreed to by all Commonwealth heads of state.

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    Why wouldn't a queen fight for gay rights?
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Willy View Post
    Why wouldn't a queen fight for gay rights?
    Why not indeed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kylet3 View Post
    As absolutely thrilled as I am that her majesty is doing this, I believe this thread belongs in PI non? Mods? Care to move it?
    Why?
    3539 and counting.

    Slightly Wounding Banana list cont: MacMadame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milanessa View Post
    Why?
    Perhaps I'm wrong. She is signing a Commonwealth Charter Document, 41 of 54 Commonwealth Countries still have Draconian Anti-LGBT laws where people can be imprisoned. As I said, I am thrilled that her majesty is at least doing this now, but I believe there is still some degree of political discussion involved in this particular topic. If I'm wrong, then I have no problem admitting that. I thought this may be a PI related thread. If I'm incorrect, then keep carrying on discussion
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    Good for her, and it's about danged time to get those horrid anti-LGBT laws off the books!

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    That Queen!

    I thought you meant this Queen and was alternately and .

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    Hopefully the Queen's new gay-friendliness will give her access to better dress designers. Those frumpish pastel old-lady dresses she's been donning for the past 50 years need an update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond View Post
    That Queen!

    I thought you meant this Queen and was alternately and .
    That was my thought on seeing the thread title too

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    Of course, I thought of Freddie Mercury and Queen too.

    But, WTG HRH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by heckles View Post
    Hopefully the Queen's new gay-friendliness will give her access to better dress designers. Those frumpish pastel old-lady dresses she's been donning for the past 50 years need an update.


    Seriously, though, although I think that saying she's "fighting for gay rights" is overstating things considerably, this can only be a good thing.

    Having to euphemize LGBT rights as "or other grounds" because of some desire to show "deference" to those Commonwealth countries with backward human rights attitudes says to me that there's not much political will to engage in a real "fight" here. But even a small step forward is better than a step backward.

    I was actually more impressed to read that Britain had suspended British aid to Malawi over their persecution of gay people and had threatened to do the same to Uganda and Ghana. I hadn't heard that before.

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    Actually, if it "belongs" anywhere else around here, then that's the Royalty thread IMO. I was just coming in here to share the link to that same story in it actually. This is as close as you're going to get for Her Majesty supporting Gay Rights in a public manner, just simply due to the constraints a Constitutional Monarch has to deal w/. The fact she's not only signing this, but doing it as part of a live broadcast w/remarks about the Charter, is for Her Majesty on the same level as one of us speaking out at a major gathering that's being shown live.

    She has to be *very* careful when it comes to issues such as this, but the wonderful thing about Her Majesty now being on the Throne for 61 years, is that she is a Master at playing the game of just how far she can go and push the boundaries. This, this is *very* big and *very* historic indeed.

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