Do you remember how upset you Americans got when Barack Obama invited Rick Warren to give a televised prayer at his inauguration? Now imagine Obama chose Mr. Warren to be in charge of ensuring all Americans enjoy equality across the board, and you’ll have some idea of what’s going on in Britain with new PM David Cameron selecting Theresa May as equality minister.
May, of course, is not a pastor but a lawmaker. (She is also not just equality minister but also home secretary, and the second woman to hold the post.) And she used her voting power to do things like keep gay couples from adopting. So you can imagine why some gay Brits aren’t so thrilled May is now in charge of making all things equal. Not that she thinks her previous votes should indicate it’s an impossible task for her.
PinkNews breaks down her voting record:
In 1998 she voted against equalising the age of consent and in 2000, she voted against the repeal of Section 28, legislation that banned the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality by local government and schools.
In 2001 and 2002 she voted against gay couples jointly adopting children.
In 2004, like much of the Conservative front bench, Mrs May did vote in favour of civil partnerships. But in the same year, Mrs May didn’t attend Parliament for any of the four votes that led to the Gender Recognition Act.
In 2008 she voted in favour of a defeated bill which said that IVF rights should require a male role model- effectively discriminating against lesbian fertility rights.
Meanwhile, May is the second woman to hold the post.