- David Cameron
- United Kingdom
In the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat cabinet Theresa May has been appointed as Minister for Women and Equality.
Prior to this appointment her voting record on gay rights has included:
- Voting against further discussion on the repeal of section 28, preferring to let it stand;
- Voting against lowering the age of consent in homosexual relationships to 16;
- Voting against gay adoption rights; as well as numerous other votes that have offended both homosexual and heterosexual communities. For these reasons we do not feel she is appropriate for the post of Minister for Equality.
We would like to make it clear that this campaign is not politically motivated, and is in no way a campaign against any political party.
Furthermore it is campaigning only for Theresa May's removal from this specific post, and not from any other position that she holds.
We believe that Theresa May should not occupy the post of Equality Minister when she has a voting record that attempted to deprive the homosexual community of their rights, and limit their rightful position as equals within our society.
We feel that, in light of this, she is not appropriate for the position as she has not been a positive force for the cause of equality in this country. Her appointment is symbolically counter-productive as it suggests that there is not a more appropriate person for the job who has been positively campaigning for gay rights.
We would also question her commitment to implementing effective change in this country considering her own views. Her appointment is therefore both intrinsically and instrumentally unacceptable.
Therefore, we ask for her immediate resignation from this post and for her replacement with a more suitable candidate.