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Merry England Fights Over Gay Marriage
Catholic World Report ^ | 5/31/12 | Greg Daly

Posted on 05/31/2012 7:14:54 AM PDT by marshmallow

Prime Minister David Cameron and other government leaders push for same-sex marriage, but most Brits are wary.

The contrast could hardly have been more jarring.

In a televised White House interview on Wednesday, May 9, President Barack Obama claimed that, having gone through an evolution on the issue, he had concluded, “it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

That same day, an ocean away in England, Queen Elizabeth II opened the current session of Parliament, for the 60th time in her reign sitting in her House of Lords throne to proclaim her government’s legislative program for that year. Wearing her Imperial State Crown and parliamentary robe, she spoke for eight minutes, and on the issue of same-sex marriage, said absolutely nothing.

Cameron’s cynical campaign

The Home Office claims the government never intended to include same-sex marriage in this year’s legislative program, but it is beginning to look as if Prime Minister David Cameron’s wish to redefine marriage in English law is set to end, not with a bang, but with a whimper.

Cameron’s campaign had always looked like a cynical vanity project, given how the 2004 Civil Partnerships Act enables same-sex couples to make a public declaration of their commitment and avail themselves of the same legal rights as married couples. When then-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government introduced that legislation, it insisted that although the new scheme gave same-sex couples equal rights and privileges to married ones, civil partnerships and marriages were not the same thing.

Stonewall, Britain’s leading gay lobby group, was so content with this arrangement that in September 2010, its chief executive Ben Summerskill publicly opposed the newly-declared wish of the Liberal Democrats—the junior partner in Britain’s Conservative-led coalition government—to redefine marriage and civil partnerships............

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TOPICS: Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics

1 posted on 05/31/2012 7:14:59 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Cameron should be slapped every time he calls himself a Conservative. Homosexuals have been able to form civil partnerships for a few years now, there is no need for him to troll for votes.

2 posted on 05/31/2012 4:38:13 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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