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Widely believed to be the next prime minister of the United Kingdom, Conservative leader David Cameron has been under close scrutiny following an interview with Gay Times magazine described by political analysts as a "major gaffe."
When questioned about his party's refusal to support a condemnation of a new antigay law in Lithuania, he became flustered. He told Gay Times, "I don't know about that particular vote. What I do know is that we have made very clear our own views about Section 28 in this country; I couldn't have been more clear about that." Cameron has in the past apologized for Section 28, a law enacted during Margaret Thatcher's administration intended to keep schools from "promoting" homosexuality. He has voted in favor of civil unions.
Attempting to clarify his position, he told Channel 4 News that "no one should be in any doubt that the Conservative Party abhors homophobia, that we support equal rights, that we support civil partnerships, that we think that part of being a strong central-right party in Britain today."