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People should not be prosecuted for expressing anti-homosexual views

Comment 9th July 2010

I am very strongly in favour of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgenger rights and I am strongly opposed to anyone who expresses any anti-homosexual views. However I do believe the present laws outlawing such speech are an attack on freedom of expression. Of course the incitement to violence through hate speech should absolutely remain banned. Free speech is guaranteed under Article 19 of the UN Declaration on Human Rights:

Article 19.

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Why does this matter?

I do realise, that not being gay myself, it is very easy for me to talk. I do not have to put up with this offensive garbage. So rather than express my own views, let me refer you to those of Peter Tatchell, who was quoted in Pink News, to have said

"The price of freedom of speech is that we sometimes have to put up with opinions that are objectionable and offensive.

"Just as people should have the right to criticise religion, people of faith should have the right to criticise homosexuality. Only incitements to violence should be illegal."

after a homophobic preacher had been prosecuted and fined a £1000. He also went on to add

"Even though I strongly disagree with his views on homosexuality, if he had decided to appeal against either the conviction or the sentence, I would have supported him."

It just shows what an admirable man Peter Tatchell is.

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