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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. This MPs views are not new. Burns made this statement a while ago and received pretty widespread condemnation for it. He does not believe that gay people really want to get married and does not believe that gay people should tinker with traditions. He thinks that only a very small group of gay people (who don't themselves want to marry) hate straight people, society, and Christians so much that they are using the issue to promote their liberal agenda. He is a wealthy, privileged, politician who cares more about ideology than the real rights of those who do not share his own.

    Posted by: Dana Chilton | Nov 24, 2012 5:02:37 PM

  2. Following a quip by Disraeli, let's name Conor Burns "Pinafore Burns", after Sir Joseph Porter in H.M.S. Pinafore who got the immortal lines, "I always voted at my party's call and I never thought of thinking for myself at all."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henry_Smith_%281825%E2%80%931891%29 has some of the history (for everyone's amusement).

    http://www.victorianweb.org/mt/gilbert/porter.html has the lyrics.

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 24, 2012 5:33:23 PM

  3. Folks, this is nothing but a 'pinkscreen' -Cameron is using to hide the fact that the Tories are instituting appalling welfare cuts against the most vulnerable and the poorest in our communities. Equality, whether in marriage or elsewhere, must be for everyone and the Tories are NOT equitable - I'm gravely concerned that we will see more food banks; higher levels of real unemployment (the figures are currently 'massaged' to make them look lower that they actually are);more of our young people without jobs or education opportunities; and all the while the Tories get richer.

    Posted by: sam | Nov 25, 2012 5:27:54 AM

  4. People keep saying that 100% of Labour MPs will vote in favour of gay marriage. While I hope that most will, not all will.

    Case in point, my parents' MP, Joe Benton. He is the oldest MP in the House and is a devout Catholic. In 2001, he had the largest majority of any Labour MP.

    He voted against the equalisation of the age of consent, and is a signatory of the Campaign For Discriminatory Marriage petition. As are 5 other MPs and Peers from the Labour Party listed on their website, and I expect more will vote against equal marriage, or abstain.

    Labour had the opportunity to do this properly the first time round. Rather than go for full equality from the outset, they chose the route of "separate but equal" Civil Partnerships. By creating a separate institution, individuals and organisations continue to seek to discriminate because its "not marriage".

    Posted by: Graham Anderson | Nov 25, 2012 11:44:50 AM

  5. Saying that The Daily Mail "lean[s] to the right" is quite the understatement.

    Posted by: lulz | Nov 25, 2012 6:22:23 PM

  6. After a decade of do-nothing Labour, now they've got a Tory PM who actually wants to do something, but the rotten old Tory establishment (clinging to its irrelevance) is moving heaven and earth to stop it.

    It's so sad how the class system can make an otherwise relatively free country so very steeped in authoritarianism.

    Posted by: Ahhh, Britain... | Nov 25, 2012 9:30:16 PM

  7. Funny that Cameron, a heterosexual, is fighting for the rights of gay brits, while Margaret Thatcher's gay BFF is totally acting the con.

    Just goes to show that actions are more important than words or titles of any kind. And I hope the great Thatcher is enough for the bitter homocon; I've a feeling he won't be marrying anytime soon.

    Posted by: Matt | Nov 26, 2012 3:51:40 AM

  8. @DEN, In another 100 yrs. Maybe.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Nov 26, 2012 10:59:30 AM

  9. Every group has its mental cases.

    Posted by: stanJames | Nov 27, 2012 1:35:25 AM

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