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Lord Hylton anti-equal marriage ‘union’ amendment withdrawn

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  1. I have just emailed Hylton.
    Dear Lord Hylton,
    I wish to comment on your expression of regret that the fine old English and French word ‘gay’ has been appropriated. You look old enough to know that during the bleak times when it was illegal to be Gay, euphemisms to the word homosexual had to be adopted by gay people to avoid arrest. ‘Musical’ and ‘always amusing’ were examples, with ‘friend of Dorothy’ coming later. Perhaps if society had not behaved so brutally to homosexual people you could happily carry on describing your cravat as gay without provoking any raising of eyebrows.
    I apologise for any inconvenience you have been caused.

    1. WELL DONE, CAL!

    2. Be interesting to see if you get a response. Won’t hold our breath though.

  2. Robert (Kettering) 17 Jun 2013, 7:22pm

    Great news let’s hope the old bigot has got the message that his intervention, as someone with no democratic mandate from anyone, is not welcome.

  3. He gets to sit in the HOL just because his father shagged his mother.

    Democracy at work.

  4. Mumbo Jumbo 17 Jun 2013, 7:53pm

    Shirley Williams. How sad.

    1. Hear Hear – I was shocked to read Shirley Williams is opposing equal marriage – I had no idea that the former Labour cabinet minister was so illiberal.

  5. why are all these anti-gay religious bigots begging for special rights? they’re clearly afraid that they will be treated as badly as they have treated LGBTs for centuries. typical cowardly behavior of bullies whose ability to bully is being finally curtailed.

  6. John Briggs 17 Jun 2013, 7:54pm

    It’s evil Gandalf!

  7. Shirley Williams said “She said: “Equality is not the same as sameness”.

    No two opposite sex couples marriages are the same either, as every marriage is unique Shirley’s argument is plainly nonsense, what makes her think she can get away with such illogical drivel?

    1. ‘Some people are more equal than others.’

  8. So glad the haters in the Lords have had their hateful amendment beaten and withdrawn.

    But what may they whip up before this debate is finished, I wonder!

    Awful we can have no trust in “our elderly betters”, isn’t it.

  9. PeterinSydney 17 Jun 2013, 9:28pm

    Really good news. But everyone will have to be on their guard against these nasty old dinosaurs. Once the legislation gets through and has Royal Assent I bet we never hear of these olds bigots again. Nor to we want to hear of them again.

  10. Good! It was an insulting, ignorant and prejudiced amendment that should never have been introduced in the first place.

  11. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Jun 2013, 11:42pm

    Lord Dear and Baroness Cumberlege are not moving to withdraw their amendments thus far. They want opt outs for registrars of faith who disagree with the Bill. Cumberlege is a nasty piece of work, even Baroness Butler-Sloss didn’t agree with her amendment saying it went too far.

  12. Jock S. Trap 18 Jun 2013, 8:00am

    Good news.

    I feel these people are too old to care how history will judge them. It’s why the House of Lords desperately needs reform.

  13. For williams at least, she is following the line of RATZI , the former pope and hitler youth corp member.

    the new pope is simialr. He called gays marrying in argentina the work of the devil

    Then he tried to get the bill changed to civil unions – after it was obvious that marriage would happen., so he could later claim he wasnt so horribly prejudcided

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