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  1. Lets survey Conservatives, I bet that u get same result or even worse than that

    1. Conservatives would not poll even vaguely similar results, where are you living? 1982?

      There are more out gay MPs in the Conservative Party than any other party in history, and than all other parties put together. The Chairman of the youth wing, Conservative Future, is also gay. Together the MPs represent both metropolitan and rural seats, north and south. Modern Conservative members are live and let live.

  2. Dan Filson 10 May 2011, 6:29pm

    @commi I doubt it. But I would be surprised if the % of the majority in favour amongst Conservatives split 1/4 to marriage and 3/4 to civil partnerships as the Republicans do, so the gay marriage argument is making headway over there if not over here.

    Part of the problem is that what gay marriage entails – and how it differs from a registry office wedding or a civil partnership – has never been spelt out, apart from the obvious difference in the name in the event.

    1. Jock S. Trap 11 May 2011, 8:44am

      Very true.
      Plus we have one major difference here to the US.
      We have a coalition, two party leaders as Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister who support full Equal Marriage and full Equal Civil Partnerships.
      Can that be said about the Republicans?
      I think the phrase most likely would be “Over my dead body!”.

  3. Dan, there is no difference between a civil straight marriage and a same-sex marriage (“gay marriage” is an eroenous label). Instead of “lawful wedded husband or wife,” the term “partner” is exchange in the case of two people of the same gender, nothing more. There is a difference however between religious and civil marriage though. The former admonishes procreation, the latter doesn’t, in fact doesn’t mention it. There is of course no reference to a deity during a civil ceremony either.

    Same-sex marriage is not making that much of a headway in America. Just because some moderate republicans support marriage equality doesn’t mean its going to translate in the party supporting it. It won’t because its in lockstep with the tea-party and right wing religious fundamentalists. There are NO republican members in the House or Senate who have declared support for marriage equality, political suicide if they did. In fact one cannot be an republican politician by supporting it.

    1. I think Robert notes a key difference between Republicans and British Conservatives. British Tories are not chained to reactionary religious interests the way Republicans are. In Britain you can now more or less be a social pluralist (and indifferent to religion) and a Conservative as long as you embrace neoliberal economics. Socially pluralist and – gasp! – secularist Republicans are very much out on a limb.

  4. I should have said “erroneous” in my previous post. My apologies.

    There are stark contrasts between American republican conservatives and their British counterparts. No republican currently running for the presidency will address full equality let alone marriage equality. It just isn’t on the radar, nor will it be. Whereas, Cameron will begin consultation I believe in July this year. It would be unheard of in the republican party.

  5. The UK Conservatives are liberal compared to America’s Republicans lol.

  6. Julian Morrison 10 May 2011, 9:58pm

    Unfortunately, primaries are first-past-the-post. Largest plurality, not proportional majority, wins. What this might do is make disgusted Republican voters stay home.

  7. Jock S. Trap 11 May 2011, 8:41am

    Well ain’t that grand?
    Glad the “Republicans support some form of legal recognition for gay couples”, it’s just ashame most still don’t support full Equality.
    It’s a shame they still think certain groups of human beings should remain second class citizen.
    Even though we contribute to society just as much esp when they demand we pay Equal taxes.
    Do they not realise we also have the Equal right to vote?

  8. But 1000 people is hardly a reliable sample of people.

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