After Mayor of London Boris Johnson's security detail attempted to keep activist Peter Tatchell and his pro-marriage equality sign away from him, Johnson called Tatchell over and endorsed marriage equality. Previously, Johnson—a Tory—had written that same-sex marriage "can only ever be a ludicrous parody of the real thing" and supported Section 28 with the words, "We don't want our children being taught some rubbish about homosexual marriage being the same as normal marriage."
Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, Johnson—who seemed to confirm he will run for mayor again—said:
"If the Conservatives and Liberals can get together in a national coalition and settle their differences, I don't see why you can't have gay marriage."
His remarks came while launching London Pride alongside the Gay Liberation Front. He also predicted London's Worldpride celebration in two years will be "the biggest ever."
Full audio interview with Mayor Johnson here.