British Prime Minister David Cameron appears close to proposing new TV regulations that would ban gay kissing on all TV programs until late at night, according to press reports. The move is the result of a government review of the effects of "sexually suggestive" TV scenes on youngsters, reports the Daily Mail. The review was triggered by long-simmering concerns about a lesbian kiss on the soap opera Brookside that aired in 1994. "For some parents, what has been considered acceptable in the past—such as that Brookside kiss—is not appropriate for children to see early in the evening," said the head of a "family values" group that has spearheaded the movement. Cameron, the dad of three young children, has warned that such scenes can "take away their innocence."
The restrictions would likely fall most heavily on primetime gay scenes, according to sources, but could also impact sexually suggestive heterosexual music videos, according to sources. “I swear David Cameron’s meant to be supporting equal rights," tweeted actress Brooke Vincent who plays a lesbian on the soap opera Coronation Street. "If same-sex kisses are what he is prioritizing and concentrating on changing, our country’s in trouble."