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Queen 'fights for gay rights,' trumpets UK headline; Not quite, say underwhelmed LGBT activists and Buckingham Palace

Posted by Jim Lopata  March 11, 2013 12:52 PM

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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.’

Guardian columnist Patrick Strudwick is underwhelmed. He writes:

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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