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Sir John Major applauds David Cameron’s ‘courageous’ support for religious same-sex marriages

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  1. Ah, this would be the same John Major who overturned Section 28…

    Oh, wait now…

    1. Perhaps that’s a bit mean of me. Glad he’s seen the light.

      1. That There Other David 10 Dec 2012, 11:17am

        John Major was never the problem with the Major government. The Thatcherites were so used to getting their own way they actively derailed any attempts to move policy away from the Thatcher/Tebbit doctrines, frequently undermining Major’s cabinet at every opportunity. It all ended in a succession of leadership challenges, fractures, scandals, and a massive Labour majority the moment the electorate had the chance to get rid of them.

        However, Major himself was just trying to govern the country despite all the nasty ideologues his own party had left him with. I don’t blame him for failing to repeal Section 28, I blame Thatcher for putting it there in the first place.

        1. Yes and look where it got the “bastards” , years in opposition. Something that some seem to be aiming for again. Always the ones in the safe constituencies of course, so their place at the trough is safe.

        2. the problem isn’t that he failed to repeal s 28, its that he never even tried! Come to think of it didn’t he vote in favour of it in the first place? Given that his two imediate successors (Hague and IDS) also voted to keep section 28 and Howard wrote it in the first place, it highlights further how much of a departure Cameron’s stance it.

      2. Yes, if politicians never changed their minds we’d be nowhere. Thank you, Sir John. It’s about time.

  2. ...Paddyswurds 10 Dec 2012, 10:40am

    I will never feel the same about peas ever again…..Thank you Sir John.

    1. I can’t stand peas, they were the only vegetable my mother ever cooked. I prefer broccoli now …

      1. Jock S. Trap 11 Dec 2012, 9:14am

        Give ‘Peas’ a chance!!

  3. I have to say that I was surprised when I heard that he had came out in support of equal marriage, however, his comments are most welcome.

    I like his comment too about living in the 21st century, this is something that the rest of the Tory party need to remember.

  4. CBBC is currently looking for families to take part in a second series of Marrying Mum and Dad. The idea is that kids help arrange their parents’ marriage or civil partnership.

    Personally I’ve always had reservations about the disriminatory nature of the programme title. But now, with the prospect of parliamentary debate and legislation for equal marriage, the title seems more inappropriate than ever.

    I’d be interested in other Pink News readers’ views on this. Thanks

  5. Blimey, this is unexpected! But good for Major (not something I’ve been in the habit of saying), his disinterested support is most welcome.

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 10 Dec 2012, 12:45pm

    Thank you, Sir John. I was surprised to see Michael Gove’s name on the list of supporters after that debacle with the Catholic school urgins pupils to sign the C4M petition.

    What we all need to do now is to write to the Lords. C4M have been mounting a campaign doing just that. It doesn’t seem as if the Out4Marriage campaign has done that much considering the very poor turnout for its petition. Where is StonewallUK in all this? We need ongoing proactivism aimed at the Lords, making our voices heard and our demands to legalise equal marriage as a matter of fairness and full equality. Complacency is what loses votes for equal marriage. We must do our part too, don’t let the few among us do all the foot work for the benefit of the many. We’re all in this together.

  7. Jock S. Trap 10 Dec 2012, 1:07pm

    Well Done Sir John Major.

    It’s these heavy weights that will make the difference and show up the real bigots in the party.

    Let them have their free vote and lets see who will, in time be made to hang their heads in shame!

  8. Always a relatively sensible Tory who received vile treatment from his party when he was PM.
    Good on Sir John.

  9. Robert (Kettering) 10 Dec 2012, 1:38pm

    To be fair to Sir John Major it was his government that reduced the age of consent from 21 to 18. This was a first brave move in the correct (right) direction. I never thought he was a homophobe and was, as has been pointed out, hamstrung by the evil Thatcherites at the time. Thank you Sir John for supporting us again.

  10. I too am delighted that Sir John has shown his support for marriage equality at this time. Just goes to show that these Old School Tories aren’t all bad!

  11. It’s good he has seen the light. A friend of mine who was his constituent went to see him about equalising the age of consent. In those days he didn’t agree and said “boys develop slower than girls so it shouldn’t be equal”. He added “we all love gay men though – people like Larry Grayson and John Inman”!! It seems most conservative have now grown up a little :-)

  12. I’m sure I’ve seen this face before somewhere. Who is he again?

  13. There are plenty of veteran Tories that I thought were quite homophobic and bigoted which I’ve had to revise my opinion of. MY GOD !!!!!!!! EVEN …. Gove and Graylink !!!!!!!

    All I need now is for Tebbit to suddenly decide equal marriage is a “Conservative value” and I’m done for. I’m gonna have a heart attack for sure :(

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