Tories Speak Out Against Gay Marriage

Posted: March 1, 2012 in gay rights
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Ann Widdecombe for starters. From Pink News:

She writes: “I have no doubt that as gay marriage is debated we shall see bishops deployed against gay activists but it is simply not true that only the Church is opposed to redefining marriage.

“An opinion poll, independently carried out for the Coalition for Marriage, suggests 86 per cent of the population believes it perfectly possible to promote gay rights without redefining marriage.”

The January ComRes poll referred to by Widdecombe asked participants whether they agreed with the statement: “Since gay and lesbian couples already have the same rights as married couples available to them under civil partnership, they should not be allowed to redefine marriage for everyone else.”

51% of 1002 respondents agreed with the statement. The question was criticised by commentators for its phrasing.

Then Peter Bone, also in Pink News:

AP reports that after fellow MP Tony Baldry said the Church of England would have “detailed submissions” for a consultation on the matter, though the government has only announced a consultation on civil marriage.

Baldry said: “So far as the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church and many other faith groups are concerned, marriage is a union between one man and one woman.

“That is the point we are putting forward responsibly and clearly in the consultation paper.”

Bone, who is one of the Commons’ more active contributors, said: “Wouldn’t it just be very simple to write back and say, ‘Marriage is between a man and a woman so this is completely nuts’?”

Of course these two Tories would be arch theists, except their zealotry seems to be entirely out of step with British Christians’ attitudes, as Richard Dawkins explains below:


So maybe, just maybe it’s another case of Tories finding themselves unable not to be nasty? After all Widdecombe’s poll is based on a leading and fraudulent question, but her position is also predicated on an implicit prejudice. Assuming she were right and a small majority were opposed to marriage equality, going with mob rule simply isn’t right. The British public would likely vote around 51% in favour of reintroducing the death penalty, but rescinding people’s human rights in that instance aren’t up for discussion by anyone sensible. So why should they be in this one?


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