BBC Radio 4′s Today programme ran a pro-gay marriage segment with John Humphries interviewing Ben Page, Director of the Ipsos-MORI polling organisation which pushed the line that the public acceptance of civil partnerships indicates that same-sex marriage would be equally accepted.
As a sign of the public’s acceptance of gay marriage the man from Ipsos-Mori highlighted the finding of their December 2012 survey on gay marriage, that 29% of respondents agreed with the statement that churches should be forced to conduct gay marriage. The Ipsos-Mori rep or John Humphries could have pointed out, even objected, that 71% disagreed or didn’t agree with the proposition of coercing the Churches to act against their beliefs. But instead John Humphries exclaimed with wonder, ‘That’s more than a quarter!’
Protect the Pope comment: On the day of the vote on David Cameron’s plans to legalise same-sex marriage the BBC are talking about the prospect of forcing the Churches to conduct gay marriages. The votes not in yet, and the BBC are already pushing the idea that the quadruple lock protecting religious organisations is irrelevant.
PS BBC Radio 4 are not discussing the ITV News poll that shows that the Tory’s will lose votes as a consequence of same-sex marriage.