by Rachel Ogbu
British Prime Minister, David Cameron has vowed to ‘export’ gay marriage around the world.
Recently, at a party to celebrate the passage of legislation of gay marriage in Britain, he told a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender reception in Downing Street of his personal pride at legalising boasting that Britain was now ‘the best place to be gay, lesbian or transgender anywhere in Europe’.
‘I’m personally proud of this. I think it’s a really good step. I’ve told the Bill team I’m now going to reassign them because, of course, all over the world people would have been watching this and we’ve set something of an example of how to pass good legislation in good time,” he said.
‘Many countries are going to want to copy this. I talk about how we’ve got to export more, so I’m going to export the Bill team.
‘I think they can take it around the world.’
‘There’s work to be done talking to our Commonwealth partners about decriminalising homosexuality in various countries
‘I think of young children growing up at school, who might be uncertain about their sexuality, knowing that now, in the highest place in the land – in Parliament – we’ve passed this law that says that marriage is for you, whether you’re gay or whether you’re straight. And that is so important to young people growing up.’
However, the DailyMail reports that some of his MPs remain angry.
Former defence minister Sir Gerald Howarth said the issue was ‘deeply divisive’ for the party accusing the Prime Minister of ‘seeking to extol a fundamental change in society for which he has no mandate’ and which had been rejected by his MPs.