Queen Elizabeth makes historic pledge for gay rights

The reigning British monarch scheduled to make a pledge for ‘gender equality’ on live television

Queen Elizabeth makes historic pledge for gay rights
09 March 2013

Queen Elizabeth will go before the world tomorrow and speak in support of LGBT rights.

According to the Daily Mail, she will sign a new Commonwealth Charter meant to stop discrimination against gay and lesbian people and promote the ‘empowerment’ of women.

Part of the charter will read: ‘We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds’.

Though the Queen’s charter does not explicitly refer to the LGBT community, a diplomatic source said: ‘The impact of this statement on gay and women’s rights should not be underestimated.

‘Nothing this progressive has ever been approved by the United Nations. And it is most unusual for the Queen to request to sign documents in public, never mind call the cameras in’.

Ben Summerskill, chief executive of one of the UK’s largest gay and lesbian rights group Stonewall, said: ‘This is the first time that the Queen has publicly acknowledged the importance of the six per cent of her subjects who are gay.

‘Some of the worst persecution of gay people in the world takes place in Commonwealth countries as a result of the British Empire’.

In regards to gender rights, the Queen’s charter says: ‘We recognise that gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential components of human development and basic human rights. The advancement of women’s rights and the education of girls are critical preconditions for effective and sustainable development’.

This marks the Queen’s first commitment to LGBT rights in her 61-year reign, and her first public appearance since leaving the hospital where she was receiving treatment for a stomach bug.

Her Majesty, who last year celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee marking 60 years as reigning figure in the British Commonwealth, will broadcast before the entire world a message of equality being called a ‘21st Century Magna Carta’.

The Queen will sign the document, which could have potential effects for future rulers specifically the offspring of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, at London’s Marlborough House tomorrow, Commonwealth Day.

If the first-born of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is a girl, as rumored, the child would under the new law be allowed to become the Monarch.
 

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