Conservative British MP to Urge Gay Inclusion, Tolerance at Forum with Andrew Sullivan and Maggie Gallagher has previewed what Tory MP Nick Herbert will say today at a Cato Institute forum on Conservatives and gays in which blogger Andrew Sullivan and National Organization for Marriage President Maggie Gallagher will also participate.

Herbert Herbert will slam the mistakes made by Tories in failing to be inclusive of gays.

Herbert will say, according to the website: "I am not here to preach or to interfere in your affairs. I am here neither to tea party nor to go clubbing. But I can tell you what happens to a party when it closes the door to sections of our society and is reduced to its core vote. It's no fun being in opposition for thirteen years. I'm one of two Conservative MPs who have taken out a civil partnership – thanks to legislation which – to their credit – the current Labour government introduced. And our party leader, David Cameron, has publicly apologised for Section 28, legislation introduced by a previous Conservative government which effectively prohibited the teaching of the validity of gay relationships in schools, a law which was deeply unpopular not just amongst gay people, but with those who saw it as a divisive and unpleasant sign of state intolerance. We needed to say sorry for a stance that was wrong. The truth is that there are millions of people who we drove away but who share our values and want to join us."

Herbert made similar remarks on a BBC program yesterday.

In related news, Maggie Gallagher was against federal interference in issues related to sexuality before she was for it.


  1. Chris says

    Whatever else you can throw at the Tories, gay rights is one area where they have really made a LOT of progress in recent years. Just ten years ago a gay Tory in Britain would be viewed the same way a gay Republican would be in the US at the moment, but nowadays it’s no longer an issue for them.

  2. Luke says

    I really like Andrew Sullivan. I think the Tories need to put their money where their mouth is, and show us more gay members in their cabinet and explain some gay-friendly policies.

    I think it’s great that David Cameron appeared on the cover of Attitude magazine, and they should be ashamed of Section 28.

  3. BobN says

    As much as I appreciate the publicized reversals of the Tories, I wish they’d put less effort into telling the public how gay-friendly they’ve become and work harder at getting the rank and file to follow the leadership.

    Anti-gay positions still garner majority support in many surveys of the party membership.

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