The Debate over Gay Marriage

The Evening Standard (London, England), October 11, 2012 | Go to article overview
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The Debate over Gay Marriage


MY understanding of democracy is rule by consensual will of the majority through elected representatives, with everyone having the right to express their views. Yet the Prime Minister has said of gay marriage that the question is not "if ", but "when", and the so-called consultation is merely to determine the way forward.

By arguing she does not want anything to stand in the way of two people getting married, equalities minister Maria Miller conflates sexuality with a unique institution formally recognising a male-female relationship while providing a social framework for bringing up children. Miller talks about removing barriers to full participation, yet gay marriage is not an equality issue -- the legal and commitment aspects of marriage are well provided for in civil partnerships. Rather, it is a politically driven attempt to destroy a fundamental pillar of society, with intimidation of anyone daring to express contrary views.

"There is no call for gay marriage to be imposed on churches ... it is emphatically not one I would support," writes Boris Johnson. Christian groups have been assured religious premises will be exempt from any requirement to conduct same-sex marriage but, as Cameron himself has admitted to constituents, such assurance is meaningless since the exemption can be legally challenged.

The drive for gay marriage is causing a major rift in Labour as well as Conservative ranks.

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