Giving his keynote speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester, Prime minister David Cameron urged the delegates to support gay marriage.

Last month, ministers announced that a consultation would be held on how to introduce same-sex marriage before 2015.

The prime minister, who backed committment between same-sex couples in his 2005 speech, told supporters today: “I stood before a Conservative conference once and I said it shouldn’t matter whether commitment was between a man and a woman, a man and another man or a woman and a woman. You applauded me for that. Five years on, we’re consulting on legalising gay marriage. And to anyone who has reservations, I say this: Yes, it’s about equality, but it’s also about something else: commitment. Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us; that society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other. So I don’t support gay marriage in spite of being a Conservative. I support gay marriage because I am a Conservative.”

The camera then cut to Samantha Cameron applauding her husband’s remarks as members cheered and clapped.


The Episcopal Church has launched an investigation of Bishop Mark J. Lawrence a year after the Diocese of South Carolina voted to distance itself from the national church because of disagreements stemming from the 2003 consecration of an openly gay bishop.

Two years ago, the diocese, under the leadership of Lawrence, voted to strengthen its autonomy and "begin withdrawing" from the church. In February, it changed its constitution, asserting the authority of the local diocese over the national church. The national church's accusation of abandonment sets the stage for disciplinary action.


The Bishop Seabury Church in Groton, a 135-year-old parish that broke away from the Episcopal Church after it consecrated its first openly gay bishop, cannot keep its building and land, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Friday.

COMMENT: Both in the world and in the church the haters have lost. Yes, they have. They have lost the moral argument and it is now just a matter of time before that fact is reflected in law and in culture. That a Conservative (capital "C") party in a conservative (small "c") nation is now committed to ensuring in law that there is absolutely no difference between same sex marriages and marriage between a man and a woman is conclusive proof that homophobia ("the worst disease") is rapidly joining racism and misogyny in becoming unacceptable. Of course, it will simmer on in the minds of bigots for many years (maybe forever), just as racism still persists. But those who remain prejudice will become the "lepers" and will be reduced to making jokes about how they are "politically incorrect" and whinging on about their "martyrdom.".

The fight against the terrible injustice of institutionalised homophobia was fought (is still being fought) on two fronts, again, both in the secular world and within the religions of the world. At the end of the day it will be the calm, patient campaigners against the hatred who will carry the ball across the goal line. But we must not forget the impatient and the angry who screamed "foul" from the sidelines and who were prepared to risk everything, even unto death, to make sure the issue was never out of the general public's minds over the last four or so decades.

Calm debate won the day but anger started the debate. If it wasn't for the well pissed off ladies of Stonewall dragging the mild-mannered gays out onto the streets to confront the police and the hatred of most of America, David Cameron would not be, this week, telling a British nation that enough is enough.

Keeping anger righteous is incredibly difficult (it's like working with nitro-glycerine) and those of us who embrace anger and regard it as a God given weapon to use against the oppressors of this world are always failing in our attempts not to cross the line into being just plain nasty and, therefore, no better than the haters themselves. But if it wasn't for us the rest of the world would do nothing and absolutely nothing would ever change.

Earlier in the week I asked the question, "Was Jesus a wimp?" No he wasn't. Jesus kicked butt both metaphorically and physically. Christ's anger at injustice, which was God's anger at injustice, will, in the end, change the world far more than all the mild mannered Jesus stuff. Even if religion disappears from the world completely, Christ's humanism is now so ingrained within the moral zeitgeist of the good that there can be no turning back. It has taken two thousand years but Christ's supreme sacrifice is, at last, beginning to pay off.


WE WIN! — 6 Comments

  1. “The Episcopal Church” did NOT launch the complaint against Lawrence — it was local South Carolina Episcopalians who wrote to the Disciplinary Board chaired by Bp Henderson and they are obliged to investigate under the new Title IV canons. See here for +Dorsey’s memo on this. Sorry that the MSM is only reporting from Lawrence’s POV.

  2. As for the broader comment, ultimately, yes the battle is won. but the beast bites hardest as it dies. In the US, the anti-gay marriage campaigners are losing their “it’s the word!” masks and coming out with the most awful statmetns and comments…. really foul. Violence continues to increase.

    And this coming week I will celebrate my third anniversary of marriage with my true love, and I have to hope our witness will endure and explain and inform, and eventually help lead all of us to equality.

    Damn, that stupid idealism..

  3. well sort of — hate crimes still abound and the law is not used to prosecute. 13th anniversary of the beating of Matt Shepard

  4. True, IT. In fact, as I said, I doubt that the world will ever be rid of haters. There is still violence against gay people in England but nothing like there used to be. I live in a country where a prime minister can announce the legalisation of same sex marriage and the only people who complain are a few bishops and fundamentalist agitators. There has been no public outcry. There has been hardly any comment in the media. Gay has almost become a non-issue in England. It is ordinary. And it will be the same in the USA. It’s just taking longer because you are such a large nation and you have to persuade lots of different cultures which wasn’t necessary in my country.

  5. Bp. Lawrence flat-out lied to the other bishops of the church during his consent process when he said he had no intention of leaving TEC. Then he lied again during his ordination, when he promised he would solemnly engage to conform to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Episcopal Church. (BCP, p. 513)

    The second is actually worse, since he’s breaking a promise he made before God.