Eager to prove to the country that the Nasty Party hasn’t learned a single thing from its electoral annihilation, Nadine Dorries has gone off on one the offensive:

Gay marriage is a policy which has been pursued by the metro elite gay activists and needs to be put into the same bin. I have yet to meet a gay couple in my constituency or beyond who support it; in fact, the reaction has been quite the opposite. Great Britain and its gay couples don’t live on Canal Street in Manchester, shop in The Lanes in Brighton or socialise at Gaydar in London. Gay couples are no different from heterosexual couples and yet this policy transforms them into political agitators who have set themselves against the church and community. The policy is divisive, unpopular with the public, is tearing the Conservative Party apart and will influence absolutely no one in terms of the way they vote in the future. I won’t dwell on who got the policy into No10 in the first place; however, as I am sure the happy-in-a-civil-partnership Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw would agree, it should never have been given the time of day in the first instance.

Well let’s break that apart in a whole number of ways, eh? Firstly her stance on how marriage quality relates to the election which surely destroyed their chances of re-election in 2015. She suggests that it was in part the Tories’ support for marriage equality which did them in – the same old Tory refrain of ‘we weren’t nasty enough’, as if that did them any favours in the 1990’s! The country didn’t stand for that stupidity then, and most (at least of those few who voted) don’t now. In what way is voting for a party which supports marriage equality (Labour) a rejection of it? Isn’t that just a smokescreen anyway to ignore the issues on which the Tories lost?

I’m wary of going down the road of debating how Dorries (mis)understands evidence or indeed how she’s admitted 70% of what she writes is a pack of lies, but I will contrast her unlikely account of gay rejection of marriage equality with my own experience. I have a number of friends who are, as I am, gay, but not a single one rejects marriage equality. It’s possible that a majority don’t want to get married, but every single person I know (who I’ve spoken to about this) agrees that the issue is about the freedom to choose from a position of equality before the law. I wonder if Dorries can actually identify these couples she implies she’s come into contact with?

Finally of course we reach the ‘metro elite gay activist’ slur, which I also remember the Tories trotting out in the 1990’s. What she’s doing of course is denigrating anyone and everyone who organises politically in support of gay rights, be they Ben Summerskill of Stonewall or 16 year old kids marching on their first Pride, eager to be visible and proud for the first time! This has a number of effects: it makes non-metropolitan gay people invisible to the political discourse, it recasts the debate to suggest that a non-metropolitan majority of everyone isn’t interested in gay equality (a lie), but it also demonises gay people who’ve moved to the city for security and solidarity.  Most mendaciously of all Dorries suggests that she speaks for an extreme religious majority, when the evidence proves there isn’t one. It’s a political argument based on delusions and lies, and you should stand for it about as much as I’m prepared to.

But by all means Nadine, go right ahead with your homophobic mudslinging. The Hate Mail is no doubt enthralled by your daring, but the rest of us are biding our time until 2015, when we’ll be celebrating as one when you do yourself out of a job.


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