October 6, 2011
Cameron: ‘I support gay marriage because I am a Conservative’
The Prime Minister urged fellow Tories to back gay marriage during his keynote speech at the Conservative party conference yesterday.
David Cameron argued that his support for marriage equality was based upon conservative values of commitment and societal ties.
“I stood before a Conservative conference once and I said it shouldn’t matter whether commitment was between a man and a woman, a man and another man or a woman and a woman,” the Tory leader told his party. “You applauded me for that. Five years on, we’re consulting on legalising gay marriage.”
“And to anyone who has reservations, I say this: Yes, it’s about equality, but it’s also about something else: commitment. Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us; that society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other.”
“So I don’t support gay marriage in spite of being a Conservative. I support gay marriage because I am a Conservative.”
The Prime Minister received warm applause for his speech, but was later criticised by religious leaders from both the Church of England and Roman Catholic Church.
Dr Dave Landrum of the Evangelical Alliance said: “In seeking to re-define marriage David Cameron may have kept the coalition happy, but may also have signalled the end of conservatism. If you can’t conserve the institution of marriage, what can you conserve?”
Cameron’s words signal a continued shift in his professed attitude towards LGBT rights. In 2000 and 2003 he attacked the Labour government for its repeal of Section 28, a law that banned the “promotion” of homosexuality in schools. In 2009 he apologised for his former position, describing it as an “offensive” mistake.
Can animals be gay?
Lesbilicious were at the Paws with Pride Pet Show at Newcastle Leazes Park in July 2012. We asked pet owners, can animals be gay? The people we interviewed had some interesting anecdotes about their own pets.
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