Monday, December 10, 2012

Tories true colours showing on subject of same sex marriage

The subject of same sex marriage is one which is causing a bit of upset within the Tory party.  David Cameron has said he wants churches in England and Wales to be allowed to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies, but this is not finding favour with some of his party’s more hard line traditionalists.

 The BBC reports today that Monmouth MP David Davies says the plans are ‘barking mad.’

Tory MPs are to be allowed a free vote on the issue, but up to 130 of them are thought to be unhappy with the plans which obviously don’t fit in with their ideas of just how society should conduct itself old chap.

Former Assembly member Mr Davies is apparently afraid that the party will lose support over the issue – which suggests that a lot of his supporters have the same somewhat bigoted attitude that he displays.  It also raises the question of whether doing what is right comes before appeasing the party’s supporters in the minds of some.

Mr Davies' homophobic tendencies show through as he tells the BBC that

"I think most people are very tolerant and have no problem at all if people are gay but, and I hate to say this in a way because I expect it's going to cause controversy, but I think most parents would prefer their children not to be gay, knowing most parents want grandchildren if nothing else.”

 Maybe the Chair of Conservative Future who recently wrote about how proud he is of his party’s position on LGBT issues ought to ask himself whether he is really in the right party.

 

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6 comments:

DutchEnery said...

The point is a simple one - you either believe in a way of life or you do not.Christians as such are not homophobic generally speaking but same-sex marriage? No. If you want marriage as such go to a registry office and leave the churches alone, they've got enough problems already.

Karen Roberts said...

And are there no homosexual Christians? Aren't they to be allowed to marry under the umbrella of their own religion?

Churches will not be forced to carry out same sex marriages but will be able to should they choose.

David Davies's comments are just blatant homophobia.

DutchEnery said...

Of course there are homosexual Christians but that does not mean that the Christian Church has to deviate from its teaching. As it is based on the Bible generally speaking which states quite unequivocally that marriage is between a man and a woman for the procreation of children within a stable relationship. Nevertheless the Church accepts that there are homosexual relationships.

Karen Roberts said...

Well maybe that is just one of the reasons why I am not religious, and why I am a Liberal. I believe in a little more flexibility in politics and in life.

DutchEnery said...

Well, I am religious and a lay minister but the marriage question is not the reason why! And being a Liberal is most surely not to be equated with flexibility!

Karen Roberts said...

Sorry to disagree but in my experience it is just about that. Having a liberal attitude is founded on freedom of speech, thought and expression. The willingness to accept other people's right to live their life as they wish as long as it does not infringe upon the rights of others. I cannot see how allowing a gay couple to marry infringes upon anyone else's rights.

We will just have to agree to disagree - as Liberals often do.