Commonwealth Report Calls On Countries To Abandon Anti-Gay Laws

A report to British Commonwealth leaders calls for the repeal of anti-gay laws, but “frames the issue as one of disease control, stating such laws ‘impede the effective response of Commonwealth countries to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” Even the Queen echoed a general call for reforms, saying “I wish heads of government well in agreeing further reforms that respond boldly to the aspirations of today and that keep the Commonwealth fresh and fit for tomorrow.” Forty-one of the 54 Commonwealth countries still criminalize gay sex.