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Hong Kong gov says no to consultation on equal rights for LGBT people

Hong Kong gov says no to consultation on equal rights for LGBT people

Hong Kong’s government has confirmed that they will not be conducting a public consultation into the discrimination of sexual minorities.

In the annual policy address released today, a document which outlines the government’s priorities for the year, a section on ‘People of Different Sexual Orientation’ reads:

‘Last November, this Council discussed whether an anti-discrimination law is needed to protect people of different sexual orientation. The society is deeply divided over this issue. Some are in support from the perspective of equal opportunity. Others are concerned that launching a consultation exercise may deal a blow to family, religion and education. The Government understands that this is a highly controversial issue which must be tackled cautiously. We will continue to listen to different views from various sectors. At present, we have no plan to conduct consultation.’

The statement refers to a vote in the legislative council on 7 November 2012 in which lawmakers rejected a motion to hold a public consultation into equality for sexual and gender identity minorities.

‘How can launching a consultation deal a blow to family, religion and education?’ questioned Hong-Kong-based gay rights activist Anshuman Das in response to today’s announcement.

‘It doesn’t even sound logical… Do they mean to say having one wife in Hong Kong and another in Shenzhen is an acceptable family value? I believe the youth in Hong Kong are far more intelligent and are shaking their heads at this shameful policy address.’

Last Sunday thousands of anti-gay rights protestors gathered in Tamar Park, Hong Kong, to express their opposition to a consultation on sexual orientation discrimination being included in the policy address.

Now it looks like Hong Kong chief executive Chun-Ying (CY) Leung has done as they demanded and not included the consultation in the annual address.

Yesterday Channel News Asia predicted that in the policy address Leung would be ‘likely to announce more populist measures, in a bid to boost his flagging popularity’