I haven't seen this diaried yet but, if this is accurate--and I expect that it is, given that multiple outlets are now reporting it--then it could well prove to be a huge development:
The Queen will tomorrow back an historic pledge to promote gay rights and ‘gender equality’ in one of the most controversial acts of her reign.The article notes that homosexuality is still criminalized in most Commonwealth countries. Having the Queen make a statement against discrimination that encompasses it--even if it doesn't use the word--is a major development.
In a live television broadcast, she will sign a new charter designed to stamp out discrimination against homosexual people and promote the ‘empowerment’ of women – a key part of a new drive to boost human rights and living standards across the Commonwealth.
Insiders say her decision to highlight the event is a ‘watershed’ moment – the first time she has clearly signalled her support for gay rights in her 61-year reign.
The charter, dubbed a ‘21st Century Commonwealth Magna Carta’ declares: ‘We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.’
This comes right on the heels of the British government making big strides towards legalizing gay marriage throughout the UK, with the House of Commons approving the move last month.
And now that the Defender of the Faith has spoken, let's see how the objectors within the Anglican Communion respond to the call against gender and sexual discrimination.
She may not be my queen, but God save her anyway!