Queen’s historic move causes speculation
LONDON (CNN)—Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has analysts scrambling to read between the lines of a new charter that she is expected to sign Monday night.
While attending the Commonwealth Reception, the queen is expected to sign a new charter that calls for equal rights in all Commonwealth nations.
The charter states that the 54 countries are “implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.”
Some analysts say the charter signals the 86-year-old monach’s first-time to publicly support gay rights.
However, a Buckingham Palace official says the queen is just carrying out her official duties.
The charter also embraces democracy, freedom of speech and the rule of law among its provisions.
Experts say if the charter is calling for gay rights, it would be difficult to implement in many Commonwealth countries where homosexual acts are illegal.