Same Sex Marriage in England and Wales

The debate in the House of Commons was predictable and as suspected, the traditional wing of the Parliamentary Tory Party revolted. Despite the bluster from the Colonel Blimp types, the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill passed its second reading with flying colours – by 400 votes to 175. I call that a comfortable majority. The Bill now passes to the Upper House and will no doubt get roughed up by a cohort of unelected geriatric reactionaries and dusty old farts in cassocks. I never thought I’d ever say this, but I applaud David Cameron’s bravery in facing down the rebellion. He’s trying to drag the Nasty Party into the 21st Century. He needs all the help he can get. Too many Tories are still living in the 19th Century, a time of gunboat diplomacy, child labour and rotten boroughs. They’re a dying breed and the society of inequality they cherish is dying with them. The grey men in the shires may be sharpening their knives but I suspect that Mr Cameron is safe for now. The coalition of political convenience will limp on to the next General Election. They will lose spectacularly and Mr Cameron will find himself cast out of Number Ten on his old Etonian arse (with a few daggers in his back). Don’t worry, David, a fat job in the City is assured.

On the day, the vote was all over the News. But the hacks and the pundits focused on the split in the Tory ranks rather than the issue of marriage equality itself. The canny media know that in the real world, it’s a bit of a non-issue, particularly among those under 40. By the very next day, the Press had moved on to greener pastures – another depressing scandal about NHS failure. Now that’s something that really matters. The marriage equality law will eventually pass (and I hope we pip the French at the post) and when the dust has settled, reasonable people will wonder what all the fuss was about.

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16 thoughts on “Same Sex Marriage in England and Wales

  1. So as our own twilight world seems destined to fade away, another is born: one inhabited by bitter Tories, using religion as a cover for their own bigotry. Just a shame those people didn’t show the same indignation towards the plans to privatise the NHS, now in full swing …

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  2. I’m delighted that this little bit of freedom escaped the net as the controllers from the shadow world keep trawling and ‘disappearing’ other freedoms like privacy et al. If you pair ‘do it’ all over again I shall expect my square of soggy cake wrapped in a doily.

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  3. Well written and entertaining. As I said to my kids at dinner that evening–’your grandkids will be studying this in the history books and laughing at how long it took us to get to this point.’

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  4. If I were you Jack, I’d have an official wedding spread over a week, just like Mardi Gras!

    Oh, by the way, gay marriage was legalized federally in Canada in 2005, but it was legalized by province earlier, in 2003.

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  5. You hit the nail on the head when you say it’s a bit of a non issue for us under 40,s
    But it makes me chuckle how these changes are being badly taken by the mail readers living in the ‘Shires.
    Spluttering out there cornflakes whilst listening to the radio news in the morning

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