19. September 2012 15:19
The UK is on an unstoppable journey towards the legalisation of gay marriage.
Don't worry Christians, this will not happen
The coalition realises that a rights imbalance of this magnitude cannot last long in modern society. Coalition tories have surprised many by their vocal support for the issue, from the Prime Minister down, with few exceptions. But in recent weeks it looked like we had been back-burnered as other events took over the policital establishment, and momentum looked lost.
The recent cabinet reshuffle was of concern. David Cameron took the opportunity to shuffle out ministers who were against a new runway at Heathrow - and he could just as easily have shuffled out gay marriage support too. He has chosen not to. Instead he has appointed Maria Miller to the post of Equalities Minister. She has come out strongly in favour of gay marriage (as we would hope any equalities minister would).
She says: "Introducing same-sex marriage is an emotive issue. We need to respect deeply held beliefs by members of faith groups. One thing I can do here and now is to reassure those faith groups: no religious organisation will be forced to conduct marriages for same-sex couples.
However when it comes to the state's role in marriage, I and the government think a change is needed."
The coalition knows that whichever government is in power, gay marriage is a moral necessity. Whether it is introduced by coalition, Conservative or Labour, the momentum is now unstoppable. It's not a matter of if, but when.
And it should be in the present government's term in office. Let's not wait any longer.