No, not because the UK Parliament voted for the gay marriage bill at its Second Reading in the House of Commons last night but because the majority of the Conservative Party did not. 127 Conservative MPs voted for the Bill; 136 voted against.
As readers know I am against legalising gay marriage for reasons I have outlined before. But I would like to add one other argument against gay marriage, which David Green in The Spectator wrote this morning:
What is the point of a Conservative party that does not see practical value, perhaps wisdom, in traditional institutions such as marriage? There are some less worthy reasons for preserving prevailing structures, such as sheer self-interest, but the overwhelming reason for valuing established institutions is intellectual modesty. We should be aware of our own intellectual and moral limitations and take seriously the possibility that there may be wisdom in institutions that have been valued by people who came before us. (my highlighting)
Gay couples in civil partnerships already have ALL the legal rights as married heterosexual couples. So why make gay marriage legal overturning an institution which has existed for thousands of years and is the bedrock of our society and the foundation of future generations. Marriage is a tried and tested institution for the procreation and nurture of children. It’s a real shame one has to spell this out but gay couples cannot conceive children. If this bill succeeds (and there is a long way to go yet) this government, which has no mandate for gay marriage, will cause irrevocable damage to our already fractured society by overhauling an institution which serves the common good.
Or as David Green puts its:
To throw it [marriage] away because of a political calculation that the Conservatives will gain the votes of LGBT activists and their sympathisers is unworthy of a serious political party. But what else is to be expected of leaders who treat politics as an exercise in deploying mass advertising techniques to manipulate public opinion? (my highlighting)
I believe those who defend this mad policy are not Conservatives. Thankfully, I am with the majority of the parliamentary Conservative Party who oppose the destruction of marriage and the traditional family. There is hope for our Party yet.
For a full list of how your MP voted last night please visit here.