The Commonwealth will support member states that remove anti-gay laws – Theresa May

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned Nigeria and other Commonwealth countries which still have laws against same-sex relationships, saying that the Commonwealth will support countries which are ready to ‘reform’.

While speaking at the first joint forum at Commonwealth Head of Government Meetings in Westminster on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said there should be no laws criminalising same-sex relationships across the Commonwealth.

She said she understands that most of the laws against same-sex marriages in the Commonwealth were made by the United Kingdom, adding that those laws were wrong then, and are wrong now.

The laws were passed under British rule and are still used in 37 of the Commonwealth’s 53 member nations.

There is a global trend towards decriminalising homosexual acts, but some countries, like Nigeria and Uganda, have imposed stricter laws.

At a Commonwealth meeting, Mrs May said laws were “wrong then and wrong now”.


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