Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osbourne are both personally committed to legalizing same-sex marriage but numerous members of the Conservative Party have voiced plans to vote against it.
According to The Telegraph, 121 out of 303 Conservative Members of Parliament are “uneasy” about the issue, as collated by the lobby group Coalition for Marriage (C4M). Among the 121 MPs opposed to the legislation is openly gay MP and close friend of Maggie Thatcher Conor Burns, who claims there is “no clamour for this at all within the gay community.”
C4M’s director Colin Hart, said:
“We welcome the 121 MPs who have so far said that they think the plans are wrong and will have serious consequences. We know that the more MPs and members of the public hear about the Government proposals the concerned they are and the more people want these plans stopped. This issue has never been put before the British public and increasingly MPs realise that it is simply undemocratic to force this through.”
Cameron and Osbourne, however, remain steadfast, inspired by same-sex marriage victories in the US as well as President Barack Obama’s support of it.
“It is worth reflecting that in Britain, as in America, a clear majority of the public support gay marriage, and an even bigger majority of women support it,” Osbourne wrote in The Times. “Successful political parties reflect the modern societies they aspire to lead. As Margaret Thatcher said in the first sentence of her introduction to the 1979 Conservative election manifesto: ‘The heart of politics is not political theory, it is people and how they want to live their lives’.”
Ministers plan on introducing a bill by 2015, but Cameron reportedly has plans to fast-track legislation and bring the bill to Parliament early next year.