Tuesday, August 24, 2010


I accidentally stumbled upon a recent ruling from the UK supreme court today. In an appeal case relating to whether to grant political asylum to two gay men, one from Iran and one from Cameroon, freedom for men to live their lives in different ways was illustrated as follows:
Just as male heterosexuals are free to enjoy themselves playing rugby, drinking beer and talking about girls with their mates, so male homosexuals are to be free to enjoy themselves going to Kylie concerts, drinking exotically coloured cocktails and talking about boys with their straight female mates.
Until I read that, I had no idea that the judges who preside in the UK's supreme court had such a strong grip on the way gay men lead their lives :-).


Sir Wobin said...

Damned fool judge. I can just see it at the border where this poor Iranian chap landed. His first words were surely "I claim assylum, now get me to a Kylie concert. Stat!"

Anonymous said...

I think the first part of the paragraph you quote matters: "In short, what is protected is the applicant’s right to live freely and openly as a gay man. That involves a wide spectrum of conduct, going well beyond conduct designed to attract sexual partners and maintain relationships with them. To illustrate the point with trivial stereotypical examples from British society: just as male heterosexuals (...)".

GB said...

Very true, anomymous, but why let the details get in the way of a good blog post!

GB xxx

Anonymous said...

lol @ sirwobin.

Anonymous said...

Going further, I enjoyed hearing of the law that states what goes on in one's bedroom is entitled to stay in one's bedroom...

A law surely made by judges, for judges :)

Or is it me being cynical :)