Even after he wasn’t elected, Cameron promised to introduce same sex marriage in an effort to show the Tory Party’s commitment to equality. When William Hague was caught bunking up with his foxy younger male assistant Cameron brushed the matter aside, keen to show just how much the Tories had changed.
The promotion of Mark Hoban to Employment Minister shows that the mask has slipped and the nasty party are emerging from under their stones once more. Hoban joins Ministry of Defence goons, Andrew Robatham and Mark Francois, as three of the most homophobic politicians to serve in ministerial positions for over 15 years.
The Public Whip website reveals that Hoban has voted against every piece of gay rights legislation since becoming an MP in 2001. Hoban voted against scrapping the notorious Clause 28 – the nasty little policy introduced under Thatcher which banned schools and local authorities from displaying ‘acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship’.
Hoban voted against Civil Partnerships and is opposed to gay and lesbian couples having equal adoption rights. Whilst his boss, and devout Catholic Iain Duncan Smith has recently signalled his support for gay marriage – presumably having decided that God got it wrong – Mark Hoban has remained silent on the issue.
As recently as 2007, Mark Hoban voted against LGBT people being given protection from discrimination under the Equalities Act. In the same year he also voted against gay women being permitted fertility treatment.
Hoban, who has no children, has never spoken about his quiet contempt for those in same sex relationships. But his voting record speaks for itself. Hoban is opposed to equal rights for LGBT people, and believes that it should be illegal to portray same sex relationships as acceptable.
Mark Homophoban is far from alone in the Tory Party, who never really changed in their desire to drag the UK back into the Victorian era. But he is the only Minister with a responsibility for millions of young, and often vulnerable people on benefits. With Housing Benefits cuts expected for the young – meaning people who face abuse at home will be unable to flee – it seems young people can no longer except the welfare state to be a safe refuge from homophobia and prejudice.
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