Thursday, 17 December 2009

Promoting family values

In Uganda the government claims that its new legislation which has the death penalty for those engaging in some forms of homosexual behaviour is designed to promote family values. Elsewhere, as the BBC has now discovered, the legislation can bring forth a tirade of homophobic commentary.
When it asked readers to have their say there were more than 600 comments, only 200 of which were deemed suitable for publication. Somewhere along the line someone at the BBC twigged that the question was perhaps a bit too provocative and a substitute was made:
The London Times has reported that the change in wording came after a protest from “the BBC Pride board, which is composed of gay and lesbian staff at the corporation.”
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