Monday, 19 July 2010

Newsflash - Leading Nobody Backs Gay Marriage

Simon Hughes, the leading Lib Dem MP - but not actually leading enough to be in the coalition cabinet - has told Yoosk in a video interview that he thinks we'll see gay marriage legalised within the lifetime of this parliament.
I wouldn't get your hopes up.
This wasn't a manifesto commitment by either the Liberal Democrats or the Conservatives - and Hughes is talking off the top of his head ("I think we should be able to get there in this parliament..."), rather than revealing a new policy.
But then again, what's stopping them?
A 2009 poll conducted for The Times by Populus found that 61% of the British public want gay couples to be able to get married.
Support for marriage equality is growing at an incredible rate - especially considering same-sex marriage was once thought so outré that it wasn't included as one of the eight key demands in the Gay Liberation Front Manifesto.
So it could prove rather popular.
Moreover, in our new age of austerity, this is one law change that won't cost the state anything.
After dragging their feet over - or violently opposing - every bit of gay equality legislation over the last 40 odd years, this is arguably the last chance that a Tory government will ever get to say they brought in a pro-gay change in the law and prove that they really are "the nasty party" no more.
And the Lib Dems must be given something for silently sitting and watching the Conservatives slashing and burning government spending.
It's great to have Simon Hughes on board, but the introduction of gay marriage will depend on a real commitment from the two coalition parties leaders.
Nick Clegg said in January he thinks civil partnerships should be replaced by marriage.
But the Lib Dems didn't bother putting this in their election manifesto in April.
Clegg sent a message to Pride London last month stating the Lib Dems were "pushing for gay marriage", but they don't seem to be pushing too hard.
David Cameron told Conservative conference in 2006 "there's something special about marriage... and by the way, it means something whether you're a man and a woman, a woman and a woman or a man and another man."
Though he seemed to be referring to the then newly introduced civil partnerships.
In April George Osborne said Cameron was "considering it".
But in May David Cameron told Sky News "I am not planning that."
Cheers. Forked tongues all round!

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