Tories Launch ‘Freedom To Marry,’ Say ‘Marriage Should Be Open To All’

UnionjackJust a few days after British PM David Cameron said "I don't want gay people to be excluded from a great institution [of marriage]," 19 equalliy powerful, equally conservative politicians, including London Mayor Boris Johnson, Education Secretary Michael Gove and Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt, who is an evangelical christian, joined Cameron in the fight for equality by forming a new coalition, "Freedom to Marry."

In a letter published in the Sunday Telegraph, the group wrote, "Marriage should be open to all, regardless of sexuality."

“We recognize that civil partnerships were an important step forward in giving legal recognition to same sex couples. But civil partnerships are not marriages, which express a particular and universally understood commitment," said the Tory leaders.

Nick Herbert, the openly gay former police minister who brought the group together, also penned his own op-ed today saying his party must learn from the American Republicans: alienating LGBT people and their allies brings nothing but electoral gloom.

As the Republicans found in the recent presidential elections, there is no mileage in alienating the new generation of voters or what is, even in the United States, a growing majority of public opinion. President Obama endorsed gay marriage and was re-elected. So, in London, was Boris Johnson.

Winning politicians who have built the broad base of voter support that is needed to gain office have got themselves on the right side of this argument. It is not gay marriage which will cost Conservatives votes: it is failing to win the common ground.

Cameron said the legislation will be introduced in 2013, meaning the England may see same-sex marriages by 2014.

This British Freedom to Marry movement comes after it was reported last
September that Tories were meeting with leaders from the States'
Freedom to Marry coalition


  1. europeanman says

    Republican homophobia has made an international example of them to the world’s conservatives.

    When you guys travel abroad we see DOMA tattooed on your foreheads, which says to us ‘don’t get involved’ you can’t move to their country, you’ll have no rights.

    We know it’s not your fault, but damn they’re making you wait a long time to enjoy your life liberty and happiness.

  2. Audi-owner says


    Well I certainly will not argue with you because you are right. I’m quite sure most people in both Europe and Canada have that same thought in the back of their minds. You’re not the only one. And it is embarrassing to me as an American to live in a country where stupidity and hatred practically run through our food and water supply,considering how stupid/hateful close to 50% of people in this country are. Some gay Americans are part of that number.Just stick around and read some of the asinine comments from towleroad readers.

  3. Randal Oulton says

    Interesting to see that conservatives in Canada, UK, etc, just want to finish the conversation on this and get on with the next few hundred years and ensure that they still have voters looking forward….

    Meanwhile back in America…

  4. simon says

    The GOP will evolve. It is just a matter of time. Abortion used to be a controversial issue. Look how the GOP nowadays is trying to avoid this issue.

  5. Chitown Kev says

    “Look how the GOP nowadays is trying to avoid this issue.”

    Actually, elected Republicans here in the US and quite a few GOP strategists have been trying to avoid the marriage equality issue.

    But our evangelicals here are loudmouths.

  6. Bill says

    What’s happened to the Republicans is that they made the proverbial pack with the devil by getting into bed figuratively with fundamentalist Christians who have so many sexual hangups that even a BDSM expert couldn’t untangle the knots. The idea was that someone daft enough to believe that the world was literally created in 7 day can be convinced to support economic policies that benefit only 0.1% (make that 0,1% using European notation) of the population while screwing everyone else. Unfortunately for the Republicans, this marketing ploy backfired as the lunatics ended up running the asylum.

  7. simon says

    The GOP actually is more cautious about the abortion issue than the marriage issue. Romney, Bachmann, Santorum all signed marriage pledge of NOM. Despite the fact they have anti-abortion statements in their platform and the record of Paul Ryan as a legislator, any extreme view on abortion is looked upon as something out of the mainstream even within the GOP. Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin are two good examples. The GOP mouthpiece like the FRC and NOM rarely talked about abortion in interviews.