Queen 'fights for gay rights,' trumpets UK headline; Not quite, say underwhelmed LGBT activists and Buckingham Palace
Is Queen Elizabeth now a full-fledged gay rights activist? You might think so from the blaring headline in the UK Mail newspaper this past Sunday: "Queen fights for gay rights."
The story behind the provocative headline is not nearly so bold. The queen is signing a new Commonwealth Charter that includes the following language:
‘We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.’
Fighting for gay rights? The Queen won't even mention them. She dare not speak our name – that is, if you believe she is even referring to gay people; if you buy the newspaper's inference that "other grounds" denotes an "implicit support of gay rights".
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson provided a bit of clarification on the queen's position, as quoted from the UK Mail:
‘In this charter, the Queen is endorsing a decision taken by the Commonwealth.’ But he added: ‘The Queen does not take a personal view on these issues. The Queen’s position is apolitical, as it is on all matters of this sort.’
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