U.K. on course to legalize same-sex marriage

The Conservative-led government in the U.K. endorses same-sex marriage, and has announced legislation legalizing marriage equality before the next general election, scheduled for 2015.This is lead by the prime minister’s conviction for the issue. In 2006 Cameron declared, “There’s something special about marriage. It’s not about religion. It’s not about morality. It’s about commitment…And by the way, it means something whether you’re a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, or a man and another man.” Marriage equality seems like a reasonable Tory principle – commitment cannot be determined by sexuality, and there’s no reason to refuse to respect the value of same-sex relationships. Writer Alex Massie says, “A political party that believes in the value of marriage should not be restricting its benefits to heterosexual couples.” Churches won’t be compelled to recognize gay marriages.

[via The Daily Beast]