UK Marriage Equality Vote Has A High Political Cost For Prime Minister

The UK House of Commons has voted in favor of marriage equality, but the vote may prove to have severe political ramifications for the measure’s main supporter, Prime Minister David Cameron.

The measure, which would make the UK the tenth European nation to approve marriage equality, easily passed the House 366-161. The problem for Cameron is that 53% of his own Conservative party voted against the measure, including some of his Cabinet ministers. The result led to widespread speculation that Cameron is losing control of the Tories and seeing his leadership undermined.

“It’s a perfect political storm. It couldn’t have come at a worse time for Cameron,” Iain Dale, a prominent gay radio presenter and conservative blogger, told Reuters.

Cameron is attempting to moderate his party’s intolerant image, but as the marriage equality vote shows, a lot of his party is perfectly happy to be intolerant. The party’s right wingers are furious at reports that one of Cameron’s aides described them as “mad, swivel-eyed loons,” which proves once again that no one beats the British at political invective.

Anyone who wants to know how hard it will be for Republicans to shed their intolerant image need only look across the pond. Cameron’s right wing isn’t nearly as, well, swivel-eyed as the GOP’s.

Next stop for the marriage measure is the House of Lords, which is expected to pick up the bill for debate sometime in July.

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  • 2eo

    When you consider the Neo-Thatcherite christians who absolutely loathe us in the Tories, like Ann Widdecome and her catholic hateful cohorts.

    Please pass this before you are ousted Dave, then for all I care you and your toadying poor hating, [email protected], vicious anti-British government can up and throw itself into a gas fire for all I care.

    Apart from marriage equality this government has been a ridiculous piss taking disaster, everything they have done in regards to education, health and the economy has being wrong, and we the good people of Britain are paying in kind every single day.

  • MikeE

    @2eo: The major difference between the UK’s Conservatives and the American GOP is in those numbers: 40% voted against the government’s motion. That means that 60% voted FOR it.

    Can you imagine 60% of the GOP being supportive of LGBT rights and marriage equality?

  • 2eo

    @MikeE: Indeed, we have a lunatic fringe, which at the minute is tearing themselves to ribbons over membership of the EU.

    It’s in every Brits best interests to stoke this fire as much as possible, I’ve used information acquired [LEGALLY¬!¬!!!!!!!””!”!$£”] by posing as an agent provocateur in both the Tory right and the UKIP [email protected] Nazi lunatic fringe.

    Any efforts to destroy the far right in the UK should be applauded and I extend my thanks to the people working very hard to extinguish the right once and for all. May they never see government ever again. Also my thanks to the Daily Heil who are making the job ridiculously easy, who’d have thought they’d help people in Britain, albeit inadvertently.

  • Sohobod


    I’m sure downing Street are quaking in their boots.

    And you think Labour would be any different? Politics is about managing the center ground. The days of conviction politics, with people like Tony Ben and Margaret Thatcher speaking their minds are long gone.

  • 2eo

    @Sohobod: Don’t you have the Telegraph message boards to troll on, given that’s where you post most of the time.

    I’m pro anything that hurts the right and their sheer hate of my nation and it’s people. Thatcher is still dead, she and her ilk are losing every day. The UKIP decimation of the Tories is playing right into the hands of people like me who wish to help my country and love my country.

    You can not after all be a patriot and believe in the decimation of services that help our people.

  • Sohobod

    I have never in my life posted on a newspaper website, let alone the Telegraph.

    I don’t really believe in patriotism – Dr. Johnson called it the last refuge of a scoundrel.

  • AxelDC

    Marriage equality and the downfall of Cameron is a real two-fer.

  • 2eo

    @AxelDC: Indeed, as the right is tearing itself to pieces over Europe they’re forcing themselves out of the arena for a decade. Great news for good people in the UK who have suffered so much under these swivel eyed loons.

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