British Prime Minister David Cameron advocates striking homosexuality from the Criminal Law. He did so during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta, where all countries that are a member of the Commonwealth were present. The meeting was opened by Queen Elizabeth of Great-Britain.
In 40 of the 53 countries that are a member of the Commonwealth, homosexual acts are liable to punishment. In many countries of the Commonwealth, a long prison sentence is applicable for having ‘unnatural sex,’ and in Brunei, the death penalty may be introduced.
The Prime Minister based his plea on a report by the Human Dignity Trust, which states that the penalisation of homosexuality leads to murder, indecent assault, and ‘corrective’ rape and suicide. It also paves the way to abuse and misuse, corruption, extortion, mistreatment by government officials. It makes second rate citizens out of homosexuals.
The report also points out that the criminalization of homosexuality makes it impossible to get HIV and AIDS under control, and prevents economic growth.
So far, the Commonwealth has not been able to change the attitude of the member states when it comes to the rights of homosexuals. Great-Britain may be an influential member of the Commonwealth, but it cannot impose its will. The Commonwealth mostly consists of countries that were a colony of Great-Britain once. Homosexuality is a taboo in many of those countries.