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Gay MP Joins Tory Chorus Opposing PM Cameron's Marriage Plans

CameronchangeBritish Prime Minister David Cameron is going to have a tough time getting his Conservative Party behind marriage equality in England.

The Daily Mail reports that 119 Tories have told voters they're against expanding the law, as Cameron would like. The Telegraph puts the number at 121. It's worth mentioning that both papers lean to the right. Both also make mention of the fact that gay MP Conor Burns is one of the PM's party peers crying foul.

"I marvel at why we’re bringing this forward. There is no clamor for this at all within the gay community," said the 40-year old politico, taking it upon himself to speak for all gay people everywhere.

Cameron and Liberal Deputy PM Nick Clegg reaffirmed their committment to marriage equality this week while also reassuring religious organizations that they would be exempt from recognizing same-sex marriages.

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  1. "I marvel at why we’re bringing this forward. There is no clamor for this at all within the gay community,"

    What a turd! So, as a gov't official, his position is that they don't need to treat people equally... unless they make a stink?!

    I just can't figure why people who want nothing to do with their own 'gay-marriage' are so intent on preventing the marriage of someone else. Baffling.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Nov 24, 2012 8:42:33 AM


  2. MP Conor Burns is speaking about his own marriage prospects, which are decidedly dim. Apparently that, coupled with his Christian fundamentalism, makes him want to take revenge on others.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Nov 24, 2012 9:04:20 AM


  3. Britain's GOProud

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 24, 2012 9:06:07 AM


  4. He is the leader of the party. Where is his party whip who is responsible for getting the conservative MP's in line?

    Posted by: simon | Nov 24, 2012 9:08:27 AM


  5. How refreshing to see a top politician wanting to put this through just because it's the right thing to do, not because of a public uprising. He may be a fool in other aspects of his leadership, but he's getting it right this time.

    Posted by: Isaak | Nov 24, 2012 9:34:01 AM


  6. The reason is fear, Pete. That, and a feeling of superiority, and that we are lessers.

    Ignorance surely isn't bliss at all.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 24, 2012 10:15:59 AM


  7. That Uncle Tom is lying and will be proven so when the results of the UK consultation on gay marriage come out soon.

    Gay marriage is coming to Britain - sooner rather than later, and in 10 years, everyone who was against it will be apologising, desparate for history not to remember them as small-minded idiots.

    Posted by: Betty Treacle | Nov 24, 2012 10:22:45 AM


  8. I doubt that 118 Tory MPs will vote against same-sex marriage. But even if they do, remember that the Tories have 303 votes in the House of Commons. So most of the Tories will vote in favor. All of the liberal democrats will vote in favor. Nearly all of the Labour members will vote in favor. So what's the problem. Get on with the vote.

    Posted by: Jay | Nov 24, 2012 10:52:24 AM


  9. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/liberaldemocrats/9293260/MPs-should-not-be-allowed-free-vote-on-gay-marriage-Nick-Clegg-says.html
    Liberal Democrats have announced free votes are not permitted while the Tories said it is a matter of "conscience" and they are going to allow free votes for their MP's. I don't quite understand why Cameron allows free votes if he desperately wants it to pass. He is supposed to have the authority to decide one way or the other.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 24, 2012 11:59:04 AM


  10. A Log Cabin Conservative.

    Posted by: Blake | Nov 24, 2012 12:29:51 PM


  11. There over 600 seats. Even if 120 vote against it, they have more than enough votes for it to pass.

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 24, 2012 1:51:23 PM


  12. Cameron is pushing this to shore up the coalition as it was a Lib Dem platform proposal. The LDs are set to lose a lot of seats to Labour at the next election. I suppose Cameron doesn't care about the lack of support from Tories, since he can get credit either way.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 24, 2012 1:52:29 PM


  13. This bill will pass and the only consequence of it is that the vast majority of the heterosexual population will see that the sky has not fallen in and that gay couples being allowed to now marry will not have the slightest impact on their lives. Life will go on and it will cease to be a controversial topic. It will become a regular part of the social landscape.

    Posted by: Den | Nov 24, 2012 2:00:56 PM


  14. This bill will pass and the only consequence of it is that the vast majority of the heterosexual population will see that the sky has not fallen in and that gay couples being allowed to now marry will not have the slightest impact on their lives. Life will go on and it will cease to be a controversial topic. It will become a regular part of the social landscape.

    Posted by: Den | Nov 24, 2012 2:00:58 PM


  15. Belonsky is mindlessly reposting stories from the UK tabloids, which have been waging a campaign to derail gay marriage. Belonsky is too stupid to understand that the British tabs are notoriously biased, and openly so. Citing stories from the Daily Mail, with all of the attendant spin, is a disservice to Towleroad readers.

    Bottom line: 100% of Labour and 100% of the Liberal Democrats will vote in favor. About 2/3 of the Tories will vote in favor, and that is assuming that the tabloids' numbers about the "rebellion" are accurate. All together, the vote in Parliament will be about 85%-15% in favor of marriage equality.

    That's the real story. Not the breathless hype about the 1/3 of 1 party that dissents. Too bad Belonsky is too jaw droppingly lazy to do some actual research.

    Posted by: Will | Nov 24, 2012 2:11:55 PM


  16. Like I have always said - NEVER, NEVER, NEVER trust a Conservative ! This is the same party who just a few years earlier was attempting to make homosexuality illegal and had introduced Clause 28 which made it illegal for Teachers/Counsellors at school to even speak of homosexuality.

    When Tony Blair and the Labour Party swept into power in 1997 the first thing he did was change the age of consent for gay people to the same as straights, he introduced gay civil unions, gay fostering, gays in the military, married gays in the military were given the same housing as married straights in the military, equal pension and inheritance rights for gays etc etc and the Conservative Party voted against ALL of these. Tony Blair was defiant and made sure all of these laws passed for us.

    The Conservative Party do NO support gays no matter how many times they tell you they do. They are liars. ACTIONS speak louder than WORDS.

    Gay rights have only ever moved forward in the UK when there is a LABOUR PARTY government. Tony Blair has done more for gay people than all of the other Prime Ministers in history combined.

    VOTE LABOUR if you want positive change !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 24, 2012 2:20:26 PM


  17. Once again it will be the LABOUR PARTY who vote this legislation through. The Tories will vote against but LABOUR will vote with us. LABOUR always stick with us so that's why the idiot gays in the UK who vote Conservative need a punch in the face. If LABOUR had won the last election we would already have gay marriage.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 24, 2012 2:24:23 PM


  18. @Icebloo
    If they allow a conscience vote, the rest of the Tories will vote yes.

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 24, 2012 2:43:44 PM


  19. ICEBLOO

    This may be just a hunch of mine, but I get a slight feeling that you might be a Labour party supporter :)

    Posted by: Den | Nov 24, 2012 3:05:52 PM


  20. @Den - why would I support the opposition who hates me ? Of COURSE I am a Labour supporter. They are the only party who has EVER progressed gay rights in the UK. They don't just TALK about it - they deliver !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 24, 2012 3:30:59 PM


  21. @Steve - Tory scum does not have a conscience. Their number one priority is their bank account. If they annoy the orgnized religions in the UK it means they get less money given to them at re-election time.

    LABOUR will swing this vote in our favour. They genuinely support human rights for ALL and have demonstrated this time and time again over the years. Let's hope all the gays remember this at the next election so we can kick out the Tory scum and bring our country back to prosperity.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 24, 2012 3:34:16 PM


  22. Take your meds and go to your happy place

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 24, 2012 3:40:07 PM


  23. ...and let's not forget Tony Blair disposed of the evil Tory "Clause 28" law within weeks of being elected !

    He may be remembered as a villain for his involvement in the Iraq war but we also need to remember how well Tony Blair treated gay people and just how much progress he achieved of us.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 24, 2012 3:40:54 PM


  24. "no clamor for this at all"?

    When even nitwit Elton John wants this done, it's fair to say the clamor is deafening.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 24, 2012 4:01:00 PM


  25. Why it is so quiet on the eastern front? Despite a lot of influential gay politicians there in Germany, there seems to be no progress on marriage equality.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 24, 2012 4:29:04 PM


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