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Video: Jack Straw backs Home Secretary Theresa May by coming @Out4Marriage

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  1. So we’ve got Straw, May , all the party leaders and over 170 MPs in favour of SS marriageand the opposition has Burrowes, Leigh, Gale and a load of no hopers and the Telegraph keeps telling us same sex marriage has been kicked into the long grass!

    Am I missing something?

    Well done Jack Straw..

  2. I dont remember it being this hard to start a war in Iraq! If youre all so in favour why not sign it in now?!
    I dont remember some public opinion against, or lack of any long term plan being an issue before!

    1. I’m sorry, but a war against fascism is more important than same-sex marriage… as much as I obviously support it.

      1. Saddam Hussein was not a fascist. He was a dictator, a cruel and horrible one, just like every other dictator we have still sadly with us. Let’s not pretend the Iraq War was some liberal adventure to defeat a new Hitler. It was a clean-up job after the failure to properly finish off the regime during the Gulf War.

        And Labour managed to introduce civil partnerships during the Iraq War so “war trumps marriage” not really a relevant scenario.

  3. “It was terrible and because I saw how terrible it was it has been one of my commitments to ensure there are real human rights for everyone regardless of their sexuality.”

    Terrible and encouraged by people such as… Jack Straw! At least acknowledge the time you were categorically against it.!

  4. Thank you Jack Straw for your support.

    I liked your comments a few weeks ago when you said in an article in a Lancashire newspaper:

    ““I happen to be, in the modern jargon, ‘straight’. It doesn’t make me a better person.

    “I didn’t choose to be straight. It’s how I am. It would be no different if I were gay. I would neither be a better, nor a worse, person because of it. It would simply be how I was.

    “Because I am straight, I have a right to marry a woman. But if I were a gay man, or a lesbian woman, in love with another gay man, or lesbian woman, I can get to a half-way house with a “civil partnership”, but the law currently says that I cannot marry.”

    “Some Church leaders say the law should stay that way, on the spurious grounds that the sanctity and importance of heterosexual marriage will somehow be damaged. How, why?

    “I know of no-one who is married who feels threatened by the idea that another couple, same sex, wishes to cement their love for each other by marrying.

    1. “Why should this not be a matter of celebration, rather than of prohibition?”

      “How on earth do these church leaders square their present stand with those biblical injunctions about treating others as you would expect to be treated yourself?”

      Of course, as with any government minister there will be things you said, did and didnt say or do that we can pick apart. Your support for equal marriage recently has been unambiguous and for that I am grateful.

  5. Paula Thomas 25 May 2012, 1:24pm

    This is interesting as it was rumoured at the time of the introduction of CPs that he was one of the people in Cabinet who opposed equal marriage and had favoured CPs as a compromise.

    Welcome Jack good to have you on board

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 25 May 2012, 1:29pm

    Marvellous! Well done, Jack Straw, and thank you! It just seems to be getting better and better, day by day. Come on, George Osborne, William Hague, let’s hear it from you.

  7. Thank you Jack.

    Have a nice day.

  8. Spanner1960 25 May 2012, 8:37pm

    That’s all we need.
    We really don’t need the likes of this hypocritical fckwit tarnishing our drive.
    Who next? Robert Mugabe?

    1. Anti Widdecombe 26 May 2012, 5:56am

      Hey it’s never too late to change your mind. If Mugabe wants to proclaim his love of gay marriage, become a liberal and turn himself in for crimes against humanity – then I more than do welcome him!

      1. Spanner1960 26 May 2012, 12:42pm

        That still doesn’t not make him a scumbag.
        likewise with Jack Straw.

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