EXPORT EMBARGO

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Conference
2013 National LGBT Conference
Date
1 August 2013
Decision
Carried as Amended

Conference believes that some things should never be exported as they can cause problems in the country they are exported to. Animals, reptiles and amphibians can cause untold damage in an ecosystem where they don’t belong.

Conference is certain that the same is true for laws and legislation. What works well in one country will not necessarily work everywhere. Cultural differences and how progressive a society is will have a major impact on a laws acceptance by society and without that acceptance a law is as good as useless and may well be damaging.

Conference is very concerned that, after the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act received Royal Assent, David Cameron said that he wanted to “export” gay marriage around the world. This is reminiscent of his warning to African leaders of aid conditionality, in respect of their country’s homosexuality laws, made during the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOG) meeting in Perth, Australia in October 2011.

Conference reiterates its belief that it would not advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights or equality but would risk of a serious backlash against LGBT communities and organisations, and against human rights defenders. Homosexuality is considered a “western import” in some countries and LGBT rights the result of “western influence”. Yet again, Cameron’s announcement, made without any reference to local struggles for LGBT rights or the role of LGBT and broader social justice movements in such countries, feeds and supports these notions.

Conference therefore instructs the National LGBT Committee, working with appropriate structures of the union, to:

1. Work with ILGA in campaigning to expose the dangers of such comments made on the “international stage” and promote an understanding of international solidarity amongst LGBT members;

2. Raise these issues again with the Government;

3. Continue to highlight these issues with the Labour Party, with a view to influencing future Labour policy.