In a sign of panic PM David Cameron has decided to rush through gay marriage legisation in the New Year, abandoning his original plan to bring it to parliament just before the 2015 General Election. The Prime Minister is suddenly waking up to the fact that many of his core voters up and down the country don’t share his metrosexual presumptions.
The Daily Telegraph reports:
‘The proposed change in the law is now expected to be voted on in Parliament in the New Year after the Prime Minister decided to rush it through. Downing Street said originally that same sex civil marriage would be introduced at some stage before the next General Election and there was no mention of the proposed legislation in the last Queen’s Speech. But a senior source told the Daily Mail: “The Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister have agreed to get on with it. “It was in danger of slipping beyond the General Election. “David Cameron’s view of this is ‘get it done and get it done quickly’. If we are going to do this it’s better to make it happen rather than have it hanging. “If people want to commit to each other, he believes that’s a foundation of a stable society.”
Protect the Pope comment: This change of plans is no doubt due to the fact that Conservatives on the ground and national opinion polls show that he will lose many core Tory voters if he changes the accepted definition of marriage. By rushing the extremely controversial legislation through he is counting on the dust settling in time for the election three years from now.
No doubt another factor in his strategy is the judgement that the Church of England is bady wounded and in disarray with the vote against women bishops, happening during the transition between Rowen Williams and Justin Welby. The Prime Minister is betting that the Church of England will pragmatically seize the opportunity to to re-establish its liberal credentials and punish the Anglo-Catholics and Conservative evangelicals.