PM David Cameron Wants To Export Gay Marriage Around The World
At a special reception for the LGBT community at 10 Downing Street celebrating the marriage equality victory, Cameron remarked that the United Kingdom is "the best place to be gay, lesbian or transgender anywhere in Europe." Unless perhaps you have a serious porn addiction. Despite the jubilant and congratulatory atmosphere, Cameron did not seem content to rest on his laurels. After thanking the ministers and civil servants who helped push the marriage equality bill through, the Prime Minister shared his plans for the future:
"I’ve told the Bill team I’m now going to reassign them because, of course, all over the world people would have been watching this piece of legislation and we’ve set something, I think, of an example of how to pass good legislation in good time. Many other countries are going to want to copy this. And, as you know, I talk about the global race, about how we’ve got to export more and sell more so I’m going to export the bill team. I think they can be part of this global race and take it around the world.”
Indeed, Cameron did pass legislation in the UK in good time, much sooner than 2015, the date by which he originally promised to pass make marriage equality a reality. Though the path to equality in Britain was far from smooth, it remains unclear how the Prime Minister plans to take any lessons learned in the UK and apply them internationally.