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Blair: Civil partnerships 'profound'
Originally printed 04/12/2007 (Issue 1514 - Between The Lines News)
British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the UK's new Civil Partnership Act "doesn't just give me a lot of pride, but it has actually brought a lot of joy."
Speaking to the Stonewall Equality dinner March 22, Blair said: "The change in culture and the civilizing effect of it has gone far greater than the gay and lesbian community. ... By taking a stand on this issue and by removing a piece of prejudice and discrimination, and by enabling people to stand proud as what they are, it has had an impact that I think is far more profound on the way the country thinks about itself."
Stonewall is the UK's leading gay-lobby group.
- by Rex Wockner