On the Daily Politics Show today Nadine Dorries MP and Iain Dale were discussing pressure groups and gay marriage. Nadine’s position is that although she agrees that gay people should be allowed to marry, (and we are not talking about marriage in Church), she disapproves of David Cameron’s stand on gay marriage because it will lose the Tory Party 4,000 Christian votes. She does not believe that the issue of gay marriage reflects the will of the people.
I’m reading a book called “American Rhapsody” by Joe Eszterhas about some of the problems of the Clinton era. Vernon Jordan was a friend of the President.
” In 1961, as a 24 year old law clerk, he (Vernon Jordan) accompanied Charlayne Hunter, the first black admitted to the University of Georgia, to class. News footage showed a tall, Hollywood-handsome young black man, using his body as a shield and a wedge to get the terrified Hunter through a sea of crazed, spitting white faces, screaming “Die, nigger, die!” (pages 320-321).
If the MPs concerned about losing votes in the UK had been Governor of Georgia at that time, presumably, even though personally they might have supported the young girl, politically they would have opposed the right of Charlayne Hunter to get an education. We hear the argument “the time is not right.” But is the will of the people always the right and the just thing?
Iain Dale made it clear that gay people are not asking for marriage in church, which avoids religious complications. Church marriage is not even an option. How long is it going to take for people to realise that discrimination against any section of the community is plain wrong? It is denying part of the community their rights, in a cruel and inhumane way, and treating them as second class citizens. David Cameron is right to make a big thing of this, he is backed by the Mayor of London and Nick Clegg is to be congratulated for supporting this issue all along.
The full discussion is on the link above.
Update 5/2/13 A recent YouGov poll shows that 55% support gay marriage and 36% do not, so the issue does have the backing of the will of the people. This is an issue about equality, the religious objections do not stack up and it looks like justice will be done in the House of Commons vote today.