Carrie Lam’s comments on same-sex marriage in Hong Kong ignore public opinion

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 July, 2018, 8:03am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 July, 2018, 2:15pm

I am gobsmacked by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s statement as reported by you, that “same-sex marriage was an issue that lacked societal consensus” (“‘Same-sex court ruling does not mean we will approve gay marriage in near future,’ Hong Kong’s leader says”, July 12).

For a chief executive to make such a divisive comment beggars belief. Perhaps Lam should spend some time looking at what has happened around the world and the acceptance of same-sex marriage in societies where inclusion of diversity is seen as a fundamental human right.

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Lam clearly has no desire to listen to the groundswell of Hong Kong public opinion that has moved decidedly towards the acceptance of same-sex marriage as well as recognising the LGBT community’s right to equality.

Lam needs to start speaking in a manner that is inclusive of all Hong Kong citizens rather than sideline an issue based on her personal views.

Mark Peaker, The Peak