David Cameron: ‘Bullying of gay students changed my mind about same-sex marriage’

UK Prime Minister also said we need to ‘take a look’ at the problems trans people face. David Cameron has said bullying of LGBTI pupils changed his mind about same-sex marriage.

The UK Prime Minister currently campaigning for re-election has said he is ‘very proud’ of legalizing equal marriage in England and Wales during his time in power.

The first gay couples walked down the aisle in England and Wales in March 2014, with Scotland quickly following on 31 December.

During an interview with Buzzfeed, Cameron was asked about trans rights as the possible next battleground for LGBTI people.

‘I think we need to take a look at what the issues are and the specific issues of discrimination and the problems that trans people have, I think that is important,’ he said.

‘ think one of the most important things is what happens in our schools, and combating bullying in our schools particularly homophobic, biphobic and other forms of bullying in our schools.’

He added: ‘It’s one of the reasons I became so convinced about gay marriage.

‘It’s only when a society says marriage is there for everyone – whether you’re straight or gay and it’s a great institution – I’m a big believer in marriage.

‘It’s when you make this point you end this idea that it’s somehow fair to criticise people or do down people because of their sexuality.’

Cameron was previously opposed to the repeal of the Section 28 which banned schools from ‘promoting’ the acceptability of homosexuality. In 2000, when Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair was fighting for civil partnerships, Cameron accused him of being against ‘family values’.

In 2002, he voted in favor of a bill that would ban gay couples from adopting children, and again in 2003 voted against Section 28’s repeal.

It was only in 2004 when Cameron voted in favor of civil partnerships, and in 2009 apologized for previously supporting Section 28.

And in the 2011 Conservative Party Conference, Cameron said: ‘It’s about equality, but it’s also about something else: commitment.

‘Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us; that society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other. So I don’t support gay marriage in spite of being a Conservative. I support gay marriage because I am a Conservative.’

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