Sunday, 3 February 2013

Let's delay...until we might have a majority

Yeah that seems to be the approach of certain members of the Conservative party who delivered a letter to the Prime Minister today calling for a delay on the vote on marriage equality. Maybe they are finding themselves like Indiana Jones at the start of The Temple of Doom faced with a giant boulder that has gained too much momentum that they cannot stop it.

The momentum behind the boulder is public opinion, including that which was expressed in the consultation. Many of those who expressed an opinion, as opposed to merely signing a petition that they were against period, said that the constraints on religious freedom by not allowing faith groups that wanted to to carry out same sex-marriage was an error in the proposals. That is why the Government came up with a proposal more in line with Lib Dem policy (with the exception of the truly equal transgender elements).

You see unlike the larger party in Government this has been debated my the Lib Dems, our MPs really have heard the grass roots opinion of the leadership. They have heard some people of faith opposing the policy, but they also heard many who were in favour.

They used to say that the Church of England was the Conservative Party at prayer, but with the Church of England being one of the strongest voices opposed to marriage equality it is true that we see that link still present. The Church have tried every trick in the book to oppose marriage equality, from saying that allowing it would prevent them maintaining their status as the state church, to which many said that isn't such a sacrifice for the rest of us. Some of the language, and indeed lies, that has come from Church leaders makes one wonder just which parts of the bible they adhere to as it certainly isn't love or telling the truth that seems utmost in their minds.

So is the last roll of the dice to try and delay legislation until after the general election? Is this in the hope that conservative Conservatives may end up in a majority of the house? Is it a delay to try and show that there is no mandate for this? If so is that not a matter of the giant boulder heading towards them which cannot be stopped? The fact is that latest predictions show at least 55% of the House of Commons in favour of The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill so in a representative democracy likes ours it appears that our representatives have already made up their mind on this one.

If they were successful in getting it delayed one thing is certain. No young person who weren't aware of the Conservative's support of Section 28, will trust them for a while on delivering LGBT equality, personally I think that is something that David Cameron is determined that his party will not set themselves back to.

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