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William Hague: We shouldn’t deny a couple marriage because they are of the same-sex

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  1. Dan Filson 3 Feb 2013, 11:33pm

    It would be too say to label him a humbug given his past views, but in life people do move on and change position, and we should give him some modest credit for doing so.

    As it happens I think the Government have overdone the provisions to safeguard the churches and were wrong to ban churches from conducting same-sex marriages, such that it will now require a further Act of Parliament if the C of E decides in future that it does, after all, want to celebrate same-sex marriages.

    But that is a minor issue by comparison with Hague coming on board to the basic proposition that all people should be free to marry whom they choose.

    1. After the Myers scandal he could hardly do otherwise.

  2. Go Willy! Seb’s right behind you.

    1. …and Christopher.

      1. …there’s room for both!

  3. Robert (Kettering) 4 Feb 2013, 12:41am

    This is an important ally to have so thanks to William I say.

  4. I have not been a great fan of Hague but credit due where credit is due. He lays out a sound rationale but more importantly he has evolved.

  5. id like to give him the benefit of the doubt..but i suspect this is all front and simply following Camerons orders !

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 4 Feb 2013, 2:00pm

    Thank you, William Hague. Proof that people can evolve, especially their brains while the opposition’s are proof that devolution exists.

    I fully support the safeguards imposed on the CoE. They were banging on about not having any protection or guarantees and now that they have, they’re still not satisfied. WIthout that, this bill would probably die tomorrow. Let’s be realistic. If the CoE weren’t the state religion, there wouldn’t be all this complicated legal nonsense, but the fact of the matter is, it is and that’s why the quadruple lock had to be implemented. They can undo it if they want, nobody is forcing them to or not to. If it means another Act of Parliament, so be it. Meanwhile, thousands of gay couples will have already married and ten years from now, opponents will look back and realise what utter fools they were and on the wrong side of history, especially the Tory party.

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