Mike has reiterated the importance of keeping up pressure on countries around the world that continue to infringe upon the rights of gay people.
Following the shelving of the Ukrainian parliament’s scheduled vote on legislation that would ban any Ukrainian citizen from speaking out favourably about gays or lesbians, Mike has praised the contribution by All Out, a gay rights organisation which was instrumental in highlighting the issue around the world. A petition against the legislation that was organised by All Out and signed by over 120,000 people was handed over the Ukrainian authorities at the EU. For more information on the campaign, please visit www.allout.org.
Mike is a strong supporter of gay rights at home and abroad. He raised the issue of the same-sex marriage with the Prime Minister last summer and is pleased that the Government that is pushing ahead with legislation that will afford same-sex couples equal civil marriage rights.
Commenting, Mike said: “I have been contacted by a number of concerned residents about the anti-gay legislation which is being debated in the Ukraine. The proposed legislation is absolutely despicable and I welcome the campaign by All Out to highlight this issue. I know that my ministerial colleagues condemn discrimination against the LGBT community in Ukraine and am proud that the UK is considered the best place in Europe for gay people to live in terms of legal rights.”