British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Denounces Prop 8
The gay community in the United States has a big time ally in British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who called California's Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage, "unacceptable."
This man is my hero.
Brown, who had just returned from a trip to the U.S. to visit President Barack Obama, shared his stance last night during a reception that he and his wife Sarah hosted at 10 Downing Street for LGBT activists.
According to the BBC, Brown criticized Prop 8 as "an attempt to undo the good that has been done. This attempt to create divorces among 18,000 people who were perfectly legally brought together in partnerships, this is unacceptable and shows me why we always have to be vigilant, why we have always got to fight homophobic behavior and any form of discrimination."
Same-sex civil partnerships were legalized in the United Kingdom in 2005 and give gay partners the same tax and inheritance rights that straight married couples enjoy.
While I realize that Brown has no political power here in the U.S., it is heartening to hear a powerful world leader speak out in favor of our rights. Seriously, at a time when it seems like all we hear is bad news, Brown's declaration of support for us definitely made my day.
Are you impressed with Brown for coming out against Prop 8?
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