Friday, 10 July 2015

Nicky Morgan: My Struggle

The education secretary, Nicky Morgan, has hit out at gay rights campaigners for the “vitriol” she has received on social media.

The Conservative opposed same-sex marriage reforms two years ago but since being given the additional role of equalities minister has said she “probably would” back the law if the vote was held now.

Morgan said politicians had to “stand and be counted” for their decisions but admitted she had found the level of abuse she received difficult and warned that hectoring people on Twitter risked alienating them.

Addressing the Stonewall education conference on Friday, she said that “sometimes people take that little bit longer” to back lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality demands that might seem “blindingly obvious” to others.

Morgan said: “They might for instance, not automatically see what the difference between a marriage and a civil partnership really means to someone. As many of you know, I was one of those people. What changed my mind was talking to same-sex couples and understanding just how important being married was to them.

“What I do find difficult, however, is the level of vitriol that I sometimes receive, from people with whom I’m very much on the same side in fighting for equality. Of course, politicians have to stand and be counted because of their votes, and as a politician I’m used to taking my share of abuse.

“But, I think there’s a wider lesson that sometimes – particularly on Twitter or other social media – it’s easier to shout and hector than it is to recruit new allies. Sometimes that is justified, but other times it only serves to make us feel better for a moment. It risks alienating allies of the future – those people who want us to help them change their minds and who will be our champions in the future.” ...

Silly mare.

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