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Queen to back gender equality, gay rights pledge

- March 10th, 2013

“Our shared values of peace, democracy, development, justice and human rights, which are found in our new Commonwealth Charter, mean that we place special emphasis on including everyone in this goal, especially those who are vulnerable.”

- Queen Elizabeth

In a historic move Monday, Queen Elizabeth is set to sign a new charter in front of television cameras that stamps out “discrimination against homosexual people and promote the ‘empowerment’ of women,” the Daily Mail reports.

Queen Elizabeth reads her Commonwealth Day message in this photo released Monday. (Photo: Reuters)

This is a huge move for the Queen, who has never tipper her hand to either side of the gay rights cause.

In the Commonwealth Charter, the Queen will stress rights must “include everyone.”

“The impact of this statement on gay and women’s rights should not be underestimated. Nothing this progressive has ever been approved by the United Nations. And it is most unusual for the Queen to request to sign documents in public, never mind call the cameras in,” a source told the Daily Mail.

Despite the Queen’s move to sign the charter in public and in front of the media, a royal spokesman told the Mail the Queen remains “apolitical” on all issues.

“In this charter, the Queen is endorsing a decision taken by the Commonwealth,” the spokesman said. “The Queen does not take a personal view on these issues.”

The Mail reported palace sources say that while she doesn’t speak openly about it, the Queen is also very pleased more women’s rights are in the charter and it reflects her support for equal rights of accession (that if Will and Kate have a girl, she would take the throne, even if Will and Kate later had a boy).

The Australian website news.com.au had a copy of the Queen’s message. Part of it is copied below:

“Great achievements in human history have a number of common characteristics. From climbing the highest mountain, to winning a sporting competition, making a scientific breakthrough, building a successful business or discovering unique artistic talent, these outcomes all begin as a simple goal or idea in one person’s mind.

“We are all born with the desire to learn, to explore, to try new things. And each of us can think of occasions when we have been inspired to do something more efficiently, or to assist others in achieving their full potential. Yet it still takes courage to launch into the unknown.

“Ambition and curiosity open new avenues of opportunity.

“That is what lies at the heart of our Commonwealth approach: individuals and communities finding ways to strive together to create a better future that is beneficial for all.

“Our shared values of peace, democracy, development, justice and human rights, which are found in our new Commonwealth Charter, mean that we place special emphasis on including everyone in this goal, especially those who are vulnerable.

“I am reminded of the adage, nothing ventured, nothing gained. As we reflect on how the Commonwealth theme applies to us individually, let us think about what can be gained with a bold heart, dedication, and teamwork.

“And let us bear in mind the great opportunity that is offered by the Commonwealth of joining with others, stronger together, for the common good.”

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5 comments

  1. J | March 11, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Well of course she has to after the gay butler scandal. Chuck didn’t get that way from inbreeding alone.

  2. Sophia | March 12, 2013 at 11:53 am

    J – you are SO ignorant to come up with that one. If you were at all intelligent and interested in world affairs, you would realize this is a very historic occasion.

  3. Will | March 14, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Sophia (interesting name if you know the history of the British monarchy) – I think that J is truly enlightened in knowing the true irrelevance of the British monarchy!

  4. J | March 19, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Why thank you Will.

  5. J | March 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I don’t see how you can argue inbreeding, its a fact – the whole concept of royal bloodlines is inbreeding – period. Its just far enough but not much further removed not to be considered incest. Which the only reason for that being illegal is the practical not moral ground for the genetic defects produced over time.

    Ever hear the term “hybrid vigor” it didn’t come from nowhere, and its the opposite of inbred. I would definitely say Harry has some of that vigor, and its not any coincidence he looks like the stable boy.

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