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John Barrowman Delivers Rebuke To Anti-LGBT Countries With Commonwealth Games Kiss

23/07/2014 22:09 | Updated 30 July 2014
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John Barrowman delivered a stunning rebuke to the 42 nations of the Commonwealth in which homosexuality remains illegal – by kissing a man during the opening ceremony of the Glasgow games.

The gay actor, who was born in Glasgow, sang "Welcome to Scotland" as part of the opening act with comedian Dunbar, the pair entering the stage from beneath a giant kilt. Barrowman then kissed a male "bride" at a mock Gretna Green before being whisked away on a sea of "heather".

Politicians have voiced their concerns over the plight of the LGBT communities across the Commonwealth leading up to the Games, with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg telling campaigners in Glasgow that it was unacceptable that almost 80 per cent of the countries involved practise some form of LGBT discrimination.

"The Commonwealth core values and principles which all Commonwealth countries sign up to are clear. They say that ‘We are committed to equality and respect for the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights’. Yet almost 42 out of 53 countries of Commonwealth countries that are represented here in Glasgow this week criminalise homosexuality in some way."

Clegg, who attended the opening ceremony, added: "We’ve come a long way in this country towards achieving the genuine equality that LGBT people have always wanted and deserved. This includes last year’s landmark equal marriage reform. Yet there’s still a huge amount to be done across the world.

"As we celebrate the bravery of Olympians who have come out - Tom Daley, Ian Thorpe or Nicola Adams for example – some countries are taking backward steps; putting their LGBT Olympians so far back in the closet that they can’t ever imagine their day in the open. We can’t dictate how other nations behave but we can promote the principles we believe in – of a fair and open society both in the UK and abroad."

Speaker of the House John Bercow also voiced his opposition ahead of the opening ceremony, calling for an end to the "shameful" criminalisation of homosexuality in the vast majority of the Commonwealth countries.

Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

23/07/2014 23:44 BST

The Games are on

That was a truly impressive evening's entertainment and as Daley Thompson told Gary Lineker, whatever happens next "Scotland has already won". And he's right. If ever there was an opening ceremony that reflected 'The Friendly Games', Glasgow 2014 was the one. Let's hope the sport matches it.

23/07/2014 23:36 BST

The Queen

HRH declares the Games open to huge applause and of course, we have fireworks. Lots of fireworks

And Primal Scream.. yep, more great tunes.Let the party begin!

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23/07/2014 23:32 BST

It's Chris again

Sir Chris Hoy is actually Scotland himself, isn't he. He's everywhere. And thankfully he's saved the day as he manages to get the Queen's message out of the baton which has been most of the way around the world and is stuck.

23/07/2014 23:25 BST

Rod's got his pants off

23/07/2014 23:22 BST

Welcome to Scotland!

After which he welcomes all the athletes - and the world - to Scotland. Was that extra emphasis on 'Scotland'? We reckon so.. and why not!

23/07/2014 23:20 BST

Victims of flight MH17 honoured

First minister Alex Salmond calls for a minute's silence for all those who died in the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash last week. Perfectly observed.

23/07/2014 23:18 BST

Billy Connolly and Nelson Mandela

The Big Yin talks about the city's relationship with Nelson Mandela and the fight against apartheid before introducing the song Freedom Come All Ye

23/07/2014 23:06 BST

And here are those astronauts

From space to Celtic Park, not bad at all!

23/07/2014 23:04 BST

Blimey, the Commonwealth reaches orbit

That's impressive. We've got a live message from the guys at the space station. No Space Oddity though, shame.

23/07/2014 23:02 BST

A special moment

John Barrowman, we salute you again

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See, it's not just all about Mark Cavendish

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See, it's not just all about Mark Cavendish

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England not booed? Never mind Friendly Games, they're just not taking this seriously at all #Glasgow2014

— Steve Tongue (@stevetongue) July 23, 2014

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Cyprus are first in for Europe, followed by England who get a fantastic ovation. Are we really in Scotland?

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Cyprus are first in for Europe, followed by England who get a fantastic ovation. Are we really in Scotland?

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Colin Jackson introduces the latest instalment from UNICEF wit the Penguin Cafe Orchestra in the background.

This ceremony is all music and dogs for us!

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Colin Jackson introduces the latest instalment from UNICEF wit the Penguin Cafe Orchestra in the background.

This ceremony is all music and dogs for us!

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I think we can expect some comment now from Mrs Kirchner in Argentina over the coming days

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I think we can expect some comment now from Mrs Kirchner in Argentina over the coming days

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Nice of Huw Edwards to remind us that the Cayman Islands is a tax haven. There'll be a lot of wealthy folk cheering for 'their' country.

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Nice of Huw Edwards to remind us that the Cayman Islands is a tax haven. There'll be a lot of wealthy folk cheering for 'their' country.

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They might as well not bother with the sport, these guys have already won #openingceremony http://t.co/D8ipHpCyYg pic.twitter.com/udGkBDjsRI

— HuffPostUK Sport (@HuffPostUKSport) July 23, 2014

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Add their ages together and they'd still be younger than Rod

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Add their ages together and they'd still be younger than Rod

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If you're wondering why there are regular messages for UNICEF, it's a new initiative for the Games. Glasgow 2014, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and UNICEF have forged a partnership, with the ambition of improving the lives of children in every country in the Commonwealth through raising money for the Children of the Commonwealth Fund. a 'big idea' indeed as Ewan McGregor said.

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Lovely tribute to that age-old tradition of eloping #openingceremony http://t.co/DS3Sj0bTmj pic.twitter.com/frjAvPyDV3

— Chris York (@ChrisDYork) July 23, 2014

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Have to say it's looking impressive in Celtic Park with the athletes' parade

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Have to say it's looking impressive in Celtic Park with the athletes' parade

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Worth remembering why John Barrowman's kiss was also memorable:

It's illegal to be gay in the vast majority of Commonwealth member states #Glasgow2014 pic.twitter.com/d9h66KnCfa

— Tim Montgomerie (@TimMontgomerie) July 23, 2014

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Don't know about you but we reckon the music's been pretty top notch so far - even the bagpipes - and the African theme's now taking it a step further as Botswana lead the continent's nations into the stadium.

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Don't know about you but we reckon the music's been pretty top notch so far - even the bagpipes - and the African theme's now taking it a step further as Botswana lead the continent's nations into the stadium.

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Yes, that was John Barrowman kissing another fella in the opening ceremony

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Yes, that was John Barrowman kissing another fella in the opening ceremony

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This is an Indian Scotty dog in case you were wondering.

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This is an Indian Scotty dog in case you were wondering.

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Here come the Norfolk Islands team. Apparently the smallest nation to be competing and it looks like they've brought the whole country with them.

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Here come the Norfolk Islands team. Apparently the smallest nation to be competing and it looks like they've brought the whole country with them.

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Nice touch that, Australia parade into the stadium to the strains of AC/DC's Back In Black who are led by Glasgow-born and long-time Aussie resident, Angus Young.

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Nice touch that, Australia parade into the stadium to the strains of AC/DC's Back In Black who are led by Glasgow-born and long-time Aussie resident, Angus Young.

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SamCam looks to be impressing Alex Salmond

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SamCam looks to be impressing Alex Salmond

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Just in case you didn't see her in her full glory before

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Just in case you didn't see her in her full glory before

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Ewan McGregor is back and talking about the link up between the Games and UNICEF before the athletes start parading into the stadium, each team with their own wee dog

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Ewan McGregor is back and talking about the link up between the Games and UNICEF before the athletes start parading into the stadium, each team with their own wee dog

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Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond with his wife Moira watch the ceremony with Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward

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Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond with his wife Moira watch the ceremony with Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward

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Susan Boyle gives us Mull of Kintyre - but not for long - before the Red Arrows do their thing to let us know the Queen and Prince Philip are on their way.

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Susan Boyle gives us Mull of Kintyre - but not for long - before the Red Arrows do their thing to let us know the Queen and Prince Philip are on their way.

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Bit of a croak at the end but Rod Stewart must have enjoyed that, singing in the stadium of the club he follows.

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Bit of a croak at the end but Rod Stewart must have enjoyed that, singing in the stadium of the club he follows.

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barrowman just sung "we invented the Bank of England" whilst driving in a truck underneath an inflatable Loch Ness monster... #Glasgow2014

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A slightly scary-looking Karen Dunbar asks us \"come on in and meet the people of Glasgow\".

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A slightly scary-looking Karen Dunbar asks us \"come on in and meet the people of Glasgow\".

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John Barrowman gets the compulsory selfie in early with a blow up Nessie

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John Barrowman gets the compulsory selfie in early with a blow up Nessie

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Fantastic. Dancing marshmallows, teacakes, whatever you want to call them.

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Fantastic. Dancing marshmallows, teacakes, whatever you want to call them.

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And we're off! The Opening Ceremony has begun... and of course, there are kilts. What did you expect?

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And we're off! The Opening Ceremony has begun... and of course, there are kilts. What did you expect?

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The unmistakeable brilliance of The Associates' Party Fears Two is blasting out around Celtic Park - outstanding! Could they just play the whole of that album for the next hour or so?

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The unmistakeable brilliance of The Associates' Party Fears Two is blasting out around Celtic Park - outstanding! Could they just play the whole of that album for the next hour or so?

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I'm very nervous and very proud to be performing at the Commonwealth Games #2014Ceremony tonight in Glasgow.

— Rod Stewart (@rodstewart) July 23, 2014

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Well, it wouldn't be Glasgow without Billy, would it?

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Well, it wouldn't be Glasgow without Billy, would it?

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David Wilkie reminisces about his Commonwealth Games debut in Edinburgh in 1970. \"It really kicked off my swimming career.\"

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David Wilkie reminisces about his Commonwealth Games debut in Edinburgh in 1970. \"It really kicked off my swimming career.\"

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Carol and David Hoy, Sir Chris's parents, in their seats for the opening ceremony

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Carol and David Hoy, Sir Chris's parents, in their seats for the opening ceremony
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Sir Chris Hoy, Rebecca Adlington join presenters Gary Lineker and Hazel Irvine in Celtic Park as we get nearer to the start of the ceremony. Gary's already admired Sir Chris's legs: \"You look good in a kilt.\"

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Sir Chris Hoy, Rebecca Adlington join presenters Gary Lineker and Hazel Irvine in Celtic Park as we get nearer to the start of the ceremony. Gary's already admired Sir Chris's legs: \"You look good in a kilt.\"

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Barrie Schofield, 66, from Paisley, takes his place in Celtic Park ahead of the opening ceremony

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Barrie Schofield, 66, from Paisley, takes his place in Celtic Park ahead of the opening ceremony
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Sri Lankan cyclists bike down the M74 motorway. Scottish police naturally take an interest http://t.co/qtItWKTBma

— HuffPostUK Sport (@HuffPostUKSport) July 23, 2014

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Only a few hours to go until Celtic Park is full and the ceremony begins

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Only a few hours to go until Celtic Park is full and the ceremony begins

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