British Prime Minister David Cameron has made no bones about his support for marriage equality in the United Kingdom. But dissent is coming from expected quarters as well as from within his own party.
At a recent conference in Manchester, Cameron explained that is was only natural for his party to endorse same-sex matrimony: “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.”
But some of those in attendance found his words a tough pill to swallow. Pink News reports that Tory MP Peter Bone called Cameron’s remarks “political correctness.” Junior defense minister Gerald Howarth says he supports civil unions but not full marriage equality. “Some of my best friends are in civil partnerships, which is fine, but I think it would be a step too far to suggest that this is marriage,” he told a reporter from the Daily Telegraph. “I take the view that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. That is what Christian marriage is about.”
A word to Mr. Hogwarth: Sentences that begins with “Some of my best friends are…” always ends with your foot in your mouth.