From THE DAILY MAIL:
Gay refugees from Africa should be granted asylum in the UK, David Cameron (the leader of the Tory Party) has said.
"If you are fleeing persecution and that fear is well-founded, then you should be able to stay. As I understand it, the 1951 Convention [on the rights of refugees] doesn't mention sexuality, but because it mentions membership of a social group, that phrase is being used by the courts, rightly, to say that if someone has a realistic fear of persecution they should be allowed to stay. It was wrong that refugees were often told to hide their sexuality from police who would imprison, torture or kill them for it," he said.
And he claimed that rappers who sang songs inciting violence against gays should be banned. "I think we can stop some of these people coming into the country," he said.
Mr Cameron also called for an end to the ban on gays giving blood, saying: "Logic would dictate that it's time to change."
He promised to put in place 'ground rules' to make sure religious schools 'teach equality'. But he came out against further equalities legislation, saying: 'I think it's much more about culture than about law now.'
Mr Cameron also called on Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to follow his party's lead and move the Church of England in the direction of gay rights. "I don't want to get into a huge row with the Archbishop here, but the Church has to do some of the things that the Conservative Party has been through. Sorting this issue out and recognising that full equality is a bottom-line, full essential." he said.
Mr Cameron apologised for his previous support of Section 28. The 1988 law was repealed by Labour in 2003. At the time, Mr Cameron attacked Tony Blair for "moving heaven and earth to allow the promotion of homosexuality in our schools." But he claimed he had never believed it was possible to ' promote homosexuality' or make children gay.
"I think, now, looking back, you can see the mistake of Section 28," he said.
COMMENT: Obviously Cameron has had a moment of extreme clarity when the gay thing became suddenly very clear. A realisation, you might say.
A realisation that gay people and their friends have the vote and there's lots and lots of them.