U.K. Will Redirect, Not Cut, Aid To Anti-Gay Commonwealth Nations

The U.K. government has confirmed that a country’s policies against gay people will impact what aid they receive, but has clarified that aid will not be directly cut. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell explained that aid will still reach those who need it most, but may be redirected away from Commonwealth governments who violate LGBT human rights. Equality advocates in many such countries fear that changes in aid could result in punishing backlash against the LGBT community.