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Conservative Home Editor: Scrapping equal marriage bill ‘would leave David Cameron looking weak’

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  1. Dan Filson 7 May 2013, 4:55pm

    If the Queen’s Speech does mention ‘continuing o support the measure now passing through Parliament’ it would strengthen its legitimacy in the House of Lords and at third reading in the House of Commons. If Cameron were to abandon it, he would be seen, very rightly, as weak, weak, weak.

  2. And more nonsense in today’s Telegraph from Christina Odone opposing equal marriage, with the usual very unpleasant comments underneath:

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/cristinaodone/100215461/the-betrayal-of-marriage-has-cost-the-tories-votes-it-could-cost-them-the-election-too/

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 7 May 2013, 5:17pm

      Christina “Odious” can rant all she wants. Wait until she finds out if Delaware and Minnesota legalise it this week, two more American states. The writing is on the wall and they know it which is what provokes these desperate screeds in the Telegraph and its sister Hate Mail. I wonder if she’s aware a third commonwealth country, New Zealand, put us to shame last month, the mother country of all things?

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 7 May 2013, 5:10pm

    Who would have thought, a Catholic conservative of all people? That said, I think he’s wrong on one point. Those Tory MPs who voted for equal marriage did to of their own volition since it was a fee conscience vote. I daresay some did out of loyalty but many of them voted yes because they genuinely support it and understand what equality is all about. Some even made videos for the Out4Marriage campaign.

    There is absolutely no way Cameron is going to shelve it, political suicide in 2015. The fact that it was included in the Contract for Equalities alongside the Manifesto gave it more legitimacy shortly before the election and I don’t think it matters one way or the other now that its approaching it’s third reading to have it mentioned in the Queen’s speech. I would like it but I’m not going to lose sleep over it. Maybe the government in deference to the state cult with the Queen as head thereof, decided not to include it?

  4. If I was an a Tory MP who wanted this issue to die quickly then I’d probably keep my mouth shut, vote for it and hope it went thru the HoL quickly. Otherwise dragging this out until the European elections and then the general election would mean even more negative news splattered on the mail and the telegraph. A Tory leadership battle over the issue would be like pressing a self destruct button.

    Sounds like Paul Goodman is trying to give some good advice, will the likes of Bone, Howarth, Burrowes and the Tory Lords listen though? They seem more concerned with pushing their own agendas rather than uniting.

    1. The tories you mentioned are in safe tory seats they can indulge themselves and play to the gallery as much as they like without risking their safe seats. The tories in more marginal l constituencies may feel differently about this constant rocking of the boat.

  5. Most sane people would welcome the opportunity of having marriage equality as one of their principal concerns. What a relief it would be from worrying about bills, mortgages, debt,and jobs. etc.

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