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May backs gay marriage

24 May 2012

5:14 PM

24 May 2012

5:14 PM

So Theresa May has voiced her support for same-sex marriage, joining Lynne Featherstone, Yvette Cooper and the PM’s Parliamentary Private Secretary Desmond Swayne in
recording an Out4Marriage video.


Of course, we shouldn’t be too surprised. It’s May’s own department that’s put forward the proposals for same-sex marriage, with a foreword signed
by both the Home Secretary and Featherstone saying:

‘We do not think that the ban on same-sex couples getting married should continue. Put simply, it’s not right that a couple who love each other and want to formalise a commitment
to each other should be denied the right to marry.’

With Cameron strongly in favour, and the government committed to legislating on it before the next election, we can expect a procession of ministers declaring their support. But there
will also be some who’ll join Owen Paterson in coming out against. James said on Tuesday that Cameron
should allow his MPs a free vote on the issue, and the BBC reports that he will do so. As a way of appeasing his backbenchers, this makes
sense for Cameron: he can let them vote ‘according to their conscience,’ while still being confident that the legislation will pass.


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