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Opinion: Does the debate over equal marriage reveal our blind spots?

Let me begin by saying that I enthusiastically support equal marriage. The ability of two people who love each other to marry regardless of their gender is a blessing, Tuesday’s vote was a victory for liberalism, and despite its flaws the Bill is a big step forward to a fairer society. I found the explanations made by those Lib Dem MPs who opposed the bill to be intellectually unconvincing, sometimes evasive, and fundamentally illiberal.

And yet, I was slightly perturbed by the number of people – and a party organisation – discussing whether to refuse to campaign for the ‘rebels’. …

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  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 30th Aug - 2:31pm
    @ Liberal Al - "On the flip side, many parts of Europe could diversify their energy sources relatively easily" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/11056880/Europe-will-be-Russias-hostage-over-gas-supplies-for-at-least-another-decade.html
  • User AvatarMartin 30th Aug - 2:21pm
    My initial temptation was to write something negative and doom laden in the style of theakes or Chris, however I do fear for the consequences...
  • User AvatarDenis Mollison 30th Aug - 2:14pm
    Charlie - if we're going back to the 1930s, it should be noted that Ukrainian collaboration with the Germans owed something to Stalin's forced collectivisation...
  • User Avatarcherry Philips (Ziby 30th Aug - 1:56pm
    Margaret Thatcher (well, The Iron Lady)
  • User AvatarLiberal Al 30th Aug - 1:43pm
    Well said, Joe. It is all too easy to ignore the victims here and the prejudice they suffer from all sides. The reason the 'racial...
  • User AvatarPeter Davies 30th Aug - 1:37pm
    Canadian Federalism is much less asymmetric than ours. Even Prince Edward Island (which is smaller than Kingston-upon-Thames) has co-sovereignty and vastly more powers than Greater...