Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary of United Kingdom, undermined the LGBT rights, which put him under fire. Just a few months after endorsement of same-sex marriage, he allowed the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda to revocate it.
His legalizing and then revocating of the same sex marriage, has been considered as an unprecedented rollback of civil rights. John Rankin, the Bermuda’s governor, signed a bill to reverse the right for gay couples to marry, which needed to be approved by the foreign secretary first.
The repeal cause a wide range of anger among both people and authorities. Labour MP Chris Bryant, a former Overseas Territories minister, showed his anger in his tweeter.
So @BorisJohnson has granted permission to Bermuda to abolish same sex marriage. This totally undermines UK effort to advance LGBT rights.
— Chris Bryant (@RhonddaBryant) February 7, 2018
Except the Bermudian constitution expressly bars discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation https://t.co/QEyILs7qu5
— Chris Bryant (@RhonddaBryant) February 8, 2018
Last month, Bryant called the bill a “deeply unpleasant and very cynical piece of legislation.” He said: “Bermuda seems to want to have it both ways. It wants the protection of being a British Overseas Territory but it doesn’t want to uphold British values and principles.” He also added: “A British citizen, regardless of what part of Britain they’re from, should have the same rights.”
So, Boris Johnson sending a message as Colonial Power that Homophobia is OK as he allows Bermuda to abolish limited Gay Rights.
How will this news be received in regimes around The World?
— Trevor Stables #FBPE (@trevdick) February 8, 2018
Alan Duncan, the minister for Europe and the Americas, said the government was “committed to promoting and protecting the rights of LGBT people, not only because it is the right and just thing to do, but because we believe that the strongest, safest and most prosperous societies are those that are the most open and inclusive.”
— Mark Berry ?? (@boulezian) February 8, 2018
People showed their anger in their tweeters. One of them, Laura Kalbag, said “F*** Bermuda. F*** Boris Johnson. F*** the UK for not doing something about it. We should not be trifling with people’s rights like this. It’s abhorrent.”
A setback for Bermuda. And shame on Boris Johnson for acquiescing to it. (Not a good sign for post-Brexit UK.) https://t.co/3Wz2nnS2dX
— Anna Nicholson (now with a blog) (@axnicho) February 8, 2018