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Britain’s New Prime Minister Theresa May Acknowledges Marriage Equality in First Official Speech

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The second woman to hold the post in the country’s history has a spotty record on LGBT rights, but vows to lead the post-Brexit nation into a time of unity.

Former Home Secretary Theresa May took the reins of the British government this week after she became the United Kingdom's second female prime minister.

Announcing her appointment from the queen on Wednesday, she thanked former Prime Minister David Cameron for his legacy of social justice in the country--mentioning marriage equality first among the U.K.'s progressive achievements.

"From the introduction of same-sex marriage to taking people with low wages out of income tax all together, David Cameron has led a one-nation government," she said. "It is in that spirit that I plan to lead."

Previously in her career, May has voted against LGBT measures such as civil unions and adoption rights. However, she has admitted to a political evolution on LGBT rights and has said that she would vote differently on these issues if they were at question today.

May faces the daunting task of leading the U.K. after the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, which precipitated the downfall of Cameron's government.

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