Nicky Morgan: David Cameron did not pressure me to support equal marriage
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says David Cameron did not pressure her to support same-sex marriage in order to assume the role of Minister for Women and Equalites.
The senior Tory was asked of the Prime Minister’s involvement in an LBC interview on Tuesday evening by presenter Iain Dale.
“Absolutely not”, Mrs Morgan replied flatly, reiterating that she had changed her position following lengthy discussions with supporters in her Loughborough constituency after becoming responsible for equalites.
The Secretary of State said she had come to realise that people who are in “committed relationships”, whether they are of the same sex or opposite sex, “is something to celebrate”.
When asked how her u-turn was compatible to previously being opposed to equal marriage on religious grounds, the Minister replied: “My faith is very much a part of me … but there were a number of different reasons [for why I changed my mind].”
She concluded by saying: “Yup, my view on this has changed.”
The MP told PinkNews afterwards that he had been angered by the senior Tory “extolling the wonders of the equal marriage act” without acknowledging the fact that she had voted against the legislation.
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Mr Bradshaw also said Mrs Morgan was lucky “not to be heckled twice” more over her failure to support statutory sex and relationships education (SRE) as part of a programme of Personal, Social, health and economic education (PSHE).
Mr Blunkett suggested Ben Bradshaw should have rephrased his heckle to: “You voted against it but are now forgiven”.
Several hours later, the DfE issued a further set of tweets to clary it was responding to a report in The Sunday Times, implying that it was “complete nonsense” of the paper “to say that schools are being forced to ‘teach gay rights’ against their will”.
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