British Prime Minister Theresa May addresses common wealth leaders.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has asked leaders of all Commonwealth nations to remove laws criminalizing same-sex relationships,
Although she said she’s aware her country put these laws into place years ago, but they were wrong then.
However, she said:
Across the world, discriminatory laws made many years ago, continue to affect the lives of many people tens of millions of young people. Criminalising same-sex relations and failing to protect women and girls.
I am all too aware that these laws were put in place by my own country; they were wrong then and they are wrong now.
As the UK’s prime minister, I deeply regret that those laws were introduced…as a family, we must respect one another’s cultures and traditions, but we must do so in a manner consistent with equality, as it is clearly stated in the Commonwealth charter.
Nobody should face discrimination or persecution because of who they are or who they love and the UK stands ready to help any Commonwealth member wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible.