David Cameron: Conservatives made a mistake by voting against homosexual rights and repealing Section 28.

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David Cameron: Conservatives made a mistake by voting against homosexual rights and repealing Section 28.

When it came to homosexual rights, David Cameron declared the Conservative Party was on the wrong side of history.

The former prime minister has expressed regret for voting against the repeal of Section 28, a rule that practically prohibited homosexuality from being promoted in schools. Mr Cameron, who served as Prime Minister from 2010 to 2016, revealed that his wife Samantha had affected his decision to support gay rights.

Mr Cameron, who was working for the Conservative party when Section 28 was enacted in 1988, said on BBC Radio 4’s The Reunion: “I think the party made a big mistake.” I should have defied the party whip and supported Labour in repealing it [in 2003]. I believe I misunderstood.”

Civil partnerships were introduced by Labour in 2004, but not same-sex marriage, which did not become legal until 2014.

“I remember chatting to Samantha afterwards and expressing how happy I was to support it, and she sort of said, ‘If you think marriage is a wonderful thing for you and for us, why isn’t it a good thing for everyone?’,” Mr Cameron said.

“And it was the beginning of my homosexual marriage conversion.”

Radio 4’s The Reunion airs at 11 a.m.

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