Saturday, 3 November 2007
AJ wins Stonewall award
Was pleased to see that Alan Johnson has just been given Stonewall's politican of the year award (along with Angela Eagle) for his stance on gay adoption, i.e. insisting that adoption agencies should not be exempt from new laws outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, which meant they couldn't refuse to place children with gay couples. He really stuck to his guns on this, in the face of considerable political opposition and hostility from some sections of the media. It was one of the reasons I backed him for deputy leader. He's also a firm defender of the view that children should not be discriminated against on the basis of their parents' marital status.