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“Gay Marriage Is Good” Say British Conservatives, US Republicans

“Gay Marriage Is Good” Say British Conservatives, US Republicans
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“British Conservatives lead charge for gay marriage” read the headline in the Washington Post this week.

Growing up in England, never in my wildest fantasies could I have imagined seeing this headline.

Gay couples in Britain won the right to civil partnerships in 2004, which granted them nearly the same legal status as married heterosexual couples while avoiding the use of the word “marriage.”

But Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative-led coalition have launched a historic drive to grant gay men and lesbians the option of also entering into civil marriages.  This has touched off a fierce uproar in largely progressive Britain: the Conservative party is coming under heavy fire in particular from traditional allies in the British clergy.

Cornerstone Of Cameron’s Bid To Define A “Modern Conservative”

The proposal was put forward earlier in March despite the lack of a strong clamor for marriage within Britain’s gay community, but it is emerging as the cornerstone of a bid by the 45-year-old prime minister to redefine what it means to be a modern Conservative.

From The Washington Post:

“I don’t support gay marriage despite being a Conservative,” Cameron said in a recent landmark speech on the issue. “I support gay marriage because I am a Conservative.”

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There are at least 12 openly gay members of Parliament from the Conservative Party, more than all other British political parties combined. A majority of those lawmakers were ushered into office with Cameron in 2010. Education Minister Michael Gove, a Conservative, has launched a campaign with the gay rights group Stonewall to combat homophobia in British schools. Cameron has hosted a summit on homophobia in professional soccer and officially apologized for Thatcher-era anti-gay policies, calling the party’s previous stance “a mistake.”

What prompted the shift? “We lost three elections, in 1997, 2001 and 2005,” said Margot James, former vice chairman of the Conservative Party and an openly gay member of Parliament.

Are Republicans In The U.S. Also Changing Their Minds About Gay Marriage?

According to POLITICO, Republicans in the U.S. have also come nearly full circle on same-sex politics. While legislation against gay marriage used to be front-and-center for rank-and-file Republicans, it is now virtually a dead issue in Congress.

Even more than that, Republican leadership has evolved, too. It has quietly worked behind the scenes to kill amendments that reaffirm opposition to same-sex unions, several sources told POLITICO.

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8:33AM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

Wow, I hadn't realized, from the Republican Platform, that Republicans were now accepting the idea of same-sex marriage. Obviously I must live in a parallel universe.

10:22PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

I'd like to think that this goes to show that, regardless of political leanings, people can understand that all people deserve to be able to marry regardless of gender, which I believe to be (admittedly this is a contentious issue) a basic right.

11:11AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

It's kinda weird that the Brits, known for their conservatism, will have same gender marriage before US. And that the Conservative party is the ones making it happen. Hope their decision rolls over to other like minded parties all over the world.

11:11AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

It's kina weird that the Brits, known for their conservatism, will have same gender marriage before US. And that the Conservative party is the ones making it happen. Hope their decision rolls over to other like minded parties all over the world.

12:19PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

"While legislation against gay marriage used to be front-and-center for rank-and-file Republicans, it is now virtually a dead issue in Congress."

Repukelicans merely wish to have it both ways. They don't want to alienate their bigoted Religious Right Base. And, at the same time, they realize their Base of Bigots is not going to be enough to win them any elections. So they are going for the Young Voters; who are overwhelmingly FOR Marriage Equality, as the GOP pollsters tell them. They think that by saying NOTHING, that will keep both extremes happy.
I don't think Young Voters will actually be fooled.
[If the Repukelicans have an election with a "close vote", it will be much easier for them to STEAL, than an election that is a Landslide. Vote Democrat! don't stay home.... unless you want the American Taliban dictating your sexual and religious life....]

1:07AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

It's about time they got it.

4:11PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Gay Marriage is Wrong! Crazy Brit!

The picture above looks like a wonderful bride and her bridesmaid! The way God intended!

5:00AM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

@ Bobbi c: The inanity of your post is breath taking in it's stupidity


"If your conscience says that you can abort your baby, we do not FORCE you to keep it"

More absolute bullshit. You try to make the laws fit your religious bullshit of a god. The christians are doing their best to make abortion illegal and deny rights of choice and family planning


"We do object to paying for it and we do believ it is murdering a child, but NO ONE has ever forced you to keep it"

It is not murder and you don't want to pay for comprehensive Sex Education nor welfare for the child (most likely place the kid ends up) Your morality is crap and your piety a lie


"Here is the TRUTH about what is happening"

You mean that is the open discrimination that you want to see. People denying goods and services based on some goat rapers desert dreams and even bullying them as it is a "religious right"

Shove your jesus up your ass

4:55AM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

@ Bobbi c: "he abortion industry is out to FORCE us to pay for abortions and provide abortions against our religion"

Abortion industry? Wow. Just because your worthless religions forced the repeal of real sex education, all the facts not just "abstinence only" BS what do you expect? Also, how much is an abortion vs welfare for the kid for the next 18 years and then most likely prison as they'll have few job prospects?


"the gay lobby is out to FORCE us by law suits to "acept" their marriages by GORCING us to perform these marriages against our conscious"

Not your call. If your church doesn't want to marry a gay couple, they don't have to. As religion is a BS waste of time, it'll just help get rid of that disease that infects the US. OBTW, do you eat Shellfish? You know there's a ban it in Leviticus 11:10 BEFORE any mention of male homosexuality Leviticus 18:22 - also, there is nothing against lesbian sex, just gay sex


"If your consciense tells you know not to eat meat, the Chritians don't FORCE you to eat meat"

But christians FORCE the government to make it impossible for gays to get married


"If your conscience tells you that you are born from an ape family, we don't FORCE you to believe creation as we do"

Hate to tell you this but you are an Ape, a Great Ape actually from a Great Ape family. As for "not forcing Creationism" I call bullshit. Which creationism should we teach? At least Hindu creationism has a universe about 13 Billion years old

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5:08PM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Let me explain why conservatives are NOT behind gay marriage. We don't care about your sexual preferences, but just as the abortion industry is out to FORCE us to pay for abortions and provide abortions against our religion; the gay lobby is out to FORCE us by law suits to "acept" their marriages by GORCING us to perform these marriages against our conscious. Your talking heads say it is about hopital privilages, well I have worked in several hospitals and have NEVER seen any ICU refuse access to anyone; just the NUMBER of people in a room sometimes makes it impossible to get to the person in an emergency.
If your consciense tells you know not to eat meat, the Chritians don't FORCE you to eat meat. If your conscience tells you that you are born from an ape family, we don't FORCE you to believe creation as we do. If your conscience says that you can abort your baby, we do not FORCE you to keep it. We do object to paying for it and we do believ it is murdering a child, but NO ONE has ever forced you to keep it.
Here is the TRUTH about what is happening; These days, Elane Photography is more concerned about how its legal case is developing than its pictures. For four years, the Albuquerque shop has been battling the state's Human Rights Commission (HRC) for trying to stamp out the business's religious rights. Back in 2008, a lesbian couple tried to hire the husband and wife team to shoot their "wedding," but Elaine and Jon politely declined. They told the clients that partic

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