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Lib Dem minister Lynne Featherstone affirms coalition's gay rights promises

Liberal Democrat junior equality minister Lynne Featherstone said today that the coalition government has a "long-term" strategy for equal rights.

Speaking at the Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool today, she said was "proud" of yesterday's successful motion calling for marriage equality and promised that the government would tackle homophobic bullying, protect gay parents and use Britain's influence abroad to encourage an end to homophobic laws.

She added that the government would get its policies "in order" on gay and lesbian asylum seekers fleeing persecution.

Ms Featherstone also attacked Labour's record, saying the party which legalised civil partnerships had turned equalities into a "burden".

She said: "[Equality] became a byword for bureaucracy and red-tape.

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September 22, 2010

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