Voting on a bill that would legalize gay marriage in the country, the British House of Commons overwhelmingly asserted their membership in the year 2013 today with a 400 to 175 vote in favor of basic human decency. It has yet to be passed in the House of Lords, but is expected to.
Making matters more confusing for us here in America, the bill was championed by conservative Prime Minister David Cameron who said prior to the vote “Today is an important day. I am a strong believer in marriage. It helps people commit to each other and I think it is right that gay people should be able to get married too.” By contrast, we’re still arguing with our conservatives over whether or not gay children should be allowed to join the official camp fire building club, and the metaphysical logistics of whether or not professional football players actually appeared in a video that they appeared in expressing the controversial opinion that gay teenagers shouldn’t kill themselves.
While, as the New York Times points out, there was certainly opposition, most of the conservatives seemed to relent to the inevitability of the measure passing, “with a strong undercurrent of realism among lawmakers who oppose gay marriage but sense that the battle is already lost, not only in the crushing parliamentary majority favoring change but in a wide variety of opinion polls that have shown strong public support for the measure put forward by Mr. Cameron.”
Lest we look on in jealousy at this enlightened land across the pond, there are certainly plenty of villainous shitheads there as well making the same ridiculous arguments that we here in the States.
Sir Roger Gale, a right-wing backbencher, pulled no punches. “It is not possible to redefine marriage,” he said. “Marriage is the union between a man and a woman, has been historically, remains so. It is Alice in Wonderland territory, Orwellian almost, for any government of any political persuasion to seek to come along and try to rewrite the lexicon. It will not do”.
Ah yes, but you see, Sir Gale, it will do. It will do just nicely.