If the Republican Party wants to learn how to survive in the 21st century, it should look across the pond. While the Tories in Britain are stuck in the 1980’s when it comes to their economic platform, they are very much a part of modern thinking on human sexuality. Senior Conservatives in Britain launched a new group which will campaign strongly for same-sex couples to be allowed to get married in church – a break from the traditional wing of the party and a sign of where the party is looking to evolve. From The Telegraph:
The group, which unites under the slogan “Freedom to Marry”, contains some of the party’s biggest beasts, including Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, and Michael Gove, the Education Secretary.
Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, who is a Catholic, has also signed up.
Signatories share David Cameron’s view that churches should be allowed to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies but should not be forced to do so if they do not wish to.
In a letter to The Sunday Telegraph, announcing the formation of the group, 19 senior Tories declare: “Marriage should be open to all, regardless of sexuality.
“We recognise that civil partnerships were an important step forward in giving legal recognition to same sex couples. But civil partnerships are not marriages, which express a particular and universally understood commitment.”
While Todd Akin talks about ‘legitimate rape’ and Rick Santorum equates gay marriage to ‘incest’, Conservatives in Britain are now not only openly advocating the full legalization of homosexual marriage, but asking that the Church of England also recognize it. A stark contrast indeed.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.