Gay Mitchell spoke at the EU-ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly, about recent laws in Uganda and Nigeria that punish homosexuality. The ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly is made up of MEP’s and the elected representatives of the African, Caribbean and Pacific states (“ACP countries”) that have signed the Contonou Agreement.
Mitchell came in for criticism during his Presidential campaign for his views on same-sex marriage when he said he did not want to do anything that “weakens marriage” but that he had supported civil unions. Last month he was also criticised for abstaining from a vote on a European Parliament resolution that called for the protection of EU citizens from homophobia.
This is a an excellent speech by the Dublin Fine Gael MEP, who is due to retire in May.