For some reason, possibly vote catching, Tory leader, David Cameron has apologised on behalf of the Conservative Party for the legislation introduced by Margaret Thatcher banning the promotion of homosexuality.
Mr Cameron is referring to Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, which states:
"Prohibition on promoting homosexuality by teaching or by publishing material
(1) A local authority shall not—
(a) intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality;
(b) promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship."
Speaking at a joint fundraising event for Gay Pride and the Conservatives, he said that Section 28 had been a “mistake” but that the party had moved on since its introduction in 1988.
“I’m sorry for Section 28.” he said. “We got it wrong. It was an emotional issue. In wanting to make the party representative of the country, I think we have made some real progress.”
What’s wrong with this legislation? Aren’t people capable of choosing their own sexual preference without it being rammed down their throat?
The only flaw in Paragraph (b) of the Act is, it should have continued with “and get on with teaching a decent standard of reading, writing and arithmetic”!