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The Tories recently exposed themselves as patronising by using the word "they" to homogenise a group of people, I fear you've done the same.

No I am doing the opposite. I don't class gay people as one big group who think and act the same. So I don't worry about thinking that I have to agree with this that or the other simply to be seen as on trend. I am not particularly bothered about marriage, gay or otherwise and don't see why some gay people were so desperate to push the issue and I know several gay people who feel the same.

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It's a hugely important thing for a tiny but highly- vociferous minority who have suffered discrimination almost since time began. Once the current media furore dies down, the trendy lefties will move on to something else. Have patience.

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The Tories recently exposed themselves as patronising by using the word "they" to homogenise a group of people, I fear you've done the same.

 

 

No. in both cases.   You maybe wanted them to, but the facts tell a different story..in both cases. 

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It's a hugely important thing for a tiny but highly- vociferous minority who have suffered discrimination almost since time began. Once the current media furore dies down, the trendy lefties will move on to something else. Have patience.

 

It's hardly a trendy lefty issue these days. The law allowing same-sex marriage was introduced to Parliament by a government led by a Conservative Prime Minister, and credit to them for that. It had cross-party support too. Times have changed, things have moved on, and thank goodness for that.

 

Not all gay couples will want to get married, not all gay people will support or agree with the new law either, Brian Sewell being one such individual, but that's not an excuse for saying no gay people should be able to get married. That would be as silly as arguing that as not all straight couples choose to get married, no other straight couples should be allowed to either.

 

This is really all about equality under the law. That has been achieved and it is a good thing.

 

Some same-sex marriages have already taken place. The earth has not tilted off its axis, and nor will it.

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The people I feel sorry for are those who shelled out for a civil partnership ceremony who will now get earache from their partner until they get "properly married".

 

Or is it only heterosexual relationships that run that way?

Based on the gay couples I know they'll get it worse than in a heterosexual relationship.

 

Seems basic sense that civil marriages don't discriminate but religious groups can set whatever criteria they want on who can marry there. Basically for a Catholic Church to deny homosexual marriages is no different to their currently not allowing divorcees to remarry there or their insistence on at least one of the couple being a church member (it always was two). On the flipside there's some churches that want to allow gay marriages and there's no reason they shouldn't be allowed.

 

I actually see no reason for polygamy to be banned in civil marriage either as the rule only exists because of Christian (and Roman) prohibitions against it, which is the only reason gay marriage was banned.

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It's a hugely important thing for a tiny but highly- vociferous minority who have suffered discrimination almost since time began. Once the current media furore dies down, the trendy lefties will move on to something else. Have patience.

We are ALL part of minorities, but not all minorities have been legally discriminated against.

I see you have a new avatar John - I see you're a supporter of US domination.

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I see you have a new avatar John - I see you're a supporter of US domination.

 

Please don't drag the thread off topic with personal comments.

 

Thank you.

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It's a hugely important thing for a tiny but highly- vociferous minority who have suffered discrimination almost since time began. Once the current media furore dies down, the trendy lefties will move on to something else. Have patience.

I think we often import our furores from the USA and there are many places in the USA where it is not out of proportion.

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It's hardly a trendy lefty issue these days. The law allowing same-sex marriage was introduced to Parliament by a government led by a Conservative Prime Minister, and credit to them for that. It had cross-party support too.

Let's not get carried away with this. The third reading of the Bill was passed by 316 to 161

136 Tories voted against it, 117 in favour. Cameron, to his credit, supported this. The Tories did not. It was passed by Cameron alongside Labour, the Lib Dems and less than half the Tories.

Cameron's unflinching support of this really should be commended. He pushed it through without the support of his party. It is thought that his support for this is a major contributor in the collapse of Tory membership. In the long run, gay marriage could cost him his job.

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Yes but it is still basically a religious ceremony for all that. ...man and woman. .eyes of God and all that. 

 

You can get married without the eyes of god.  You can't even mention god in civil weddings.

 

Most of the gayists I know seem very pleased to be able to get married.  A couple see it as irrelevant to their lives.

 

Almost like they're the same in every way as my larger collection of straight friends: some are married, some cohabiting, some on a personal quest to sleep with every member of the opposite sex in their town, some spending their lives talking to strangers on the internet ...

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......some spending their lives talking to strangers on the internet ...

Could be worse, at least they are getting sex out of it.

 

The rest of us just talk about rugby.

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Let's not get carried away with this. The third reading of the Bill was passed by 316 to 161

136 Tories voted against it, 117 in favour. Cameron, to his credit, supported this. The Tories did not. It was passed by Cameron alongside Labour, the Lib Dems and less than half the Tories.

Cameron's unflinching support of this really should be commended. He pushed it through without the support of his party. It is thought that his support for this is a major contributor in the collapse of Tory membership. In the long run, gay marriage could cost him his job.

 

It would once have been unthinkable that as many as 117 Tory MPs would vote in favour of such legislation. Cameron may not have commanded a majority for it within his own party, but they'll catch up eventually. As it stands, there was a clear cross-party majority for it in the House of Commons which demonstrates this has become a maintsream issue, and is not the preserve of 'trendy lefties' as some would have it.

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It's hardly a trendy lefty issue these days. The law allowing same-sex marriage was introduced to Parliament by a government led by a Conservative Prime Minister, and credit to them for that. It had cross-party support too. Times have changed, things have moved on, and thank goodness for that.

Not all gay couples will want to get married, not all gay people will support or agree with the new law either, Brian Sewell being one such individual, but that's not an excuse for saying no gay people should be able to get married. That would be as silly as arguing that as not all straight couples choose to get married, no other straight couples should be allowed to either.

This is really all about equality under the law. That has been achieved and it is a good thing.

Some same-sex marriages have already taken place. The earth has not tilted off its axis, and nor will it.

Too Pavlovian, John. I didn't say it was a trendy lefty issue. However, in my view, the view of someone who is glad to see this change, the trendy lefties have certainly led the celebrations to a wholly disproportionate extent.

Still, as I said, they'll soon be moving on .

.now the Panel on Climate Change report is out they can spend many a happy hour squaring the circle of global warming and too high energy prices.

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I've been confused by the whole debate. I thought we already had gay marriage before, but apparently this extends a number of rights to gay couples that straight couples have and that weren't enjoyed previously under civil partnerships. Well that's fine by me, it absolutely should the same.

The argument though seems to have been around a load of religious cobblers that have long since ceased to be important. I have no truck with this, just as I have no truck with those gay people who felt gay marriage (in those particular terms) gave them some kind of spiritual elevation. Steve May had it right earlier in the thread, I thought - marriage should be civil ceremony and any of the other ###### is purely decoration.

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Too Pavlovian, John. I didn't say it was a trendy lefty issue. However, in my view, the view of someone who is glad to see this change, the trendy lefties have certainly led the celebrations to a wholly disproportionate extent.

Still, as I said, they'll soon be moving on .

.now the Panel on Climate Change report is out they can spend many a happy hour squaring the circle of global warming and too high energy prices.

Maybe "trendy lefties" are just a bit more concerned about equality of human beings in general John? I'm wondering what the knees of the badly dressed, out of touch righties are twitching at?

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I'm not trendy

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I'm not trendy

Maybe you're ahead of trend Phil? This time next year everyone will be doing "a Phil"! I expect Victoria will have David just like you by April 2015!

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but then you are not a media luvvy either.

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Maybe "trendy lefties" are just a bit more concerned about equality of human beings in general John? I'm wondering what the knees of the badly dressed, out of touch righties are twitching at?

 

You mean like Stalin, Mao and Kim?  Or the BBC's  Ian Katz, James Purnell and Duncan Wheldon?

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Some same-sex marriages have already taken place. The earth has not tilted off its axis, and nor will it.

Tilting the Earth off its axis? I thought gay marriages only caused flooding. ;) 

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I personally don't care and I'm sure there'll be another campaign coming along very soon for us to fret over. However it gives me great pleasure to see what Elton John has stuck on his head at the moment

 

All i know is that if you're self employed you may as well be washing in a dung heap for all the support you get from the "state". I never realised just what a zombie state it was. Marriage isn't even on the radar if the government don't offer the basics because you do a tax return.

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Isn't that basically how it works though?  Only the Church of England can actually marry you, the rest need the presence of a registrar?

 

I think it's because Catholics can't be trusted.

Some Catholic priests are also registrars so you don't always need to pay for one. I'm assuming other religions are similar.

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I like it. I am ill informed because a troll on TRL says so. I don't need anyone to stamp my gay friendly credentials because I had them stamped many years ago - ask anyone. If you like, I will go out of my way to prove how gay friendly I am by mindlessly agreeing with any issue. Because as you know all homosexual people have little else to do besides wander round the house all day watching Larry Grayson.

So you would rather me describe your opinion as astute or intelligent? Just so I don't get the troll label?

You don't need to show any gay friendly credentials. However, you do come across as being a tad defensive.

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