Saturday, 17 September 2011

Same-Sex Marriage: Another Premature Ejaculation

"The Government is to legislate for same-sex marriages before the next general election.
"A public consultation on how to make civil marriage available to same-sex couples is to be launched in March of next year.
"The timing means that any necessary legislative changes can be on the Statute Book before the next election, scheduled for May 2015.
"The move was announced by Lib Dem equalities minister Lynne Featherstone, who is addressing the opening day of her party's annual conference in Birmingham on Saturday.
"'I am delighted to confirm that early next year, this Government will begin a formal consultation on equal civil marriage for same-sex couples," she said. 'This would allow us to make any legislative changes before the end of this Parliament.'
"We will be working closely with all those who have an interest in the area to understand their views ahead of the formal consultation."
"The Lib Dems had been keen to claim credit for the move, which has the strong support of party activists.
"However, senior Tories made clear it had been pushed through with the strong backing of David Cameron - despite the likely opposition of many Conservative traditionalists.
"A No 10 source hinted that the Prime Minister had also had to overcome opposition within the Government to ensure it went through.
"'It is something that was in our equalities manifesto at the election and it is something the PM has been pushing for," the source said."

Press Association released this just after midnight - appears in much the same form in several papers early Saturday.
Nothing so far on the Home Office - or Liberal Democrat - website.
We'd already been told there was going to be a consultation; Theresa May said this at a Stonewall conference in May - so this is hardly big news.
Beyond a slightly less vague promise of a timetable.
And for consultation - not legislation, never mind that legislation being voted through parliament.
Still nice to see it looks like the Tories and Lib Dems are battling it out to take credit for this non-announcement.
If Lynne Featherstone is announcing it today, then why were various Tory sources Tweeting about it - and pushing the angle about how David Cameron had pushed for it - on Friday?
I just hope the government sticks to its principles and only allows gay men to marry if they haven't had gay sex for twelve months.
More in the morning...

Update: Draft response from Stonewall.

Update 2: Listening to Featherstone on Radio 4 News it so looks like reheating this old news was just a sop to the Lib Dem leadership so they don't look like TOTAL sell-outs; "Do not let us go naked into the conference chamber..."

Update 3: Here's Featherstone's insipid inspirational conference speech in full.


  1. Veteran MP Edward Leigh has said: "Must the religious and cultural heritage of the whole nation be overturned to suit the demands of a minority even of the gay community itself?"

    End quote on The Sun's story...

  2. @Edward Leigh: Christians were a minority once, DOUCHEBAG!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Erm, I think they still are... :)

  4. Not in Church on a Sunday morning they aren't!

    I meant a smaller minority that didn't have such a political/social influence etc.
    As you well know, Fagburn... AS YOU WELL KNOW!!!!
    *queeny exit*

  5. Some loopy Tory MEP on why "gay marriage" is WRONG!

  6. 'On Saturday night, the Lib Dem equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone, dismissed suggestions that Cameron had been a major force behind the move to legalise gay marriage when she claimed ownership of the policy. "Conference, this is a Liberal Democrat policy," she said.'

    Ooh! The political intrigue...