Conservative ministers have expressed their “delight” at flying the LGBT flag over government buildings over the next week, to coincide with ‘Pride’ celebrations across the world.
David Cameron’s Conservative-led government decided to feature the gay pride flag on top of British government buildings for the first time in 2012, and will continue the trend this year, despite critics being told for the past three years that the measure was a Liberal Democrat initiative, prompted by their time in coalition government with the Conservative Party.
Nevertheless, the government will lower Britain’s union flag, and replace it with the increasingly, overtly political flag.
Oliver Letwin, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, said: “We are delighted to join with the LGBT community in celebrating Pride this weekend, and will be flying our flag at the heart of Whitehall. We have committed to governing one nation, bringing people together and flying the flag this week shows our pride in and solidarity with the LGBT community.”
Minister for the Cabinet Office Matthew Hancock commented: “Civil servants across the country will be joining in the celebrations this week, and flying the flag shows that pride in our LGBT community is shared at the most senior levels of Whitehall.”
Pink News notes that the flag also flew over Whitehall to herald the enactment of David Cameron’s Same Sex Marriage legislation. One critic told Breitbart London, “I wonder when they’ll make it permanent?”