Osborne’s gay marriage vow undermined by Tory record

George Osborne yesterday said he would consider gay marriage if elected, adding: "David Cameron and I are very happy to consider the case for gay marriage."

George Osborne yesterday said he would be “very happy” to consider same-sex marriage if elected. Speaking to gay rights campaigners who had gathered outside CCHQ to protest the Tory record on gay rights and Chris Grayling’s recent homophobic remarks, the shadow Chancellor claimed the the party had changed, and had “real policies to advance equality”.

A Tory spokesman said Osborne had told campaigner Peter Tatchell that:

“David Cameron and I are very happy to consider the case for gay marriage.”

His remarks cut little ice with the demonstrators, Tatchell saying:

“The Tories are obviously worried that Chris Grayling’s comments in support of homophobic discrimination by B&B owners have undermined their party’s image as being gay-friendly. We only got this meeting with George Osborne because of the planned protest and because of the anti-Tory backlash generated by Mr Grayling’s support for discrimination.”

But Tory claims to have changed were undermined by some of the comments left in response to a story headlined “Cameron pledges ‘heart and soul’ commitment to gay equality” on the grassroots Conservative Home website over the weekend. Examples include:

Stewart Cowen: “Homosexuals have always been treated with suspicion everywhere. That’s because they engage in unnatural and dangerous sexual acts.”

Ben Stevenson: “The state should not endorse sexual immorality. What business, therefore, does the state have in “support[ing] gay couples”?”

bernard Otway: “can,t believe that everyone including call me dave have to Prostrate themselves before a section of the population that is no more than 5%, I am not the ,H, word,just wish they didn,t want to FORCE me by the statute book to support them,my religious convictions infuse my thinking,plus having lived in africa for 28 years,I never once saw a Gay elephant,lion,giraffe ,leopard,cheetah,crocodile,hippo,snake,etc etc etc

To his credit, editor Tim Montgomerie took action and closed the thread, writing:

“Very disappointing thread. I’m closing it down as strangers are using this thread to, I believe, hurt the Conservative Party.”

Responding to Osborne’s comments, Daryn McCombe, treasurer of LGBT Labour, told Left Foot Forward that “warm words” were cancelled out by the Tories’ recent voting records. He said:

“I welcome any genuine progress by any party on LGBT rights, but time and again Cameron’s Conservatives’ warm words on LGBT rights are not matched by their votes in Parliament. Cameron led his MPs to vote against lesbian fertility rights and on camera Cameron claims he voted for LGB adoption rights yet he didn’t even vote.

Meanwhile, Cameron’s allies in Europe continue to vote consistently against all equality! In this context Grayling’s support for discrimination is disappointing but not a surprise and Osborne’s latest platitude will mean little to the LGBT communities who’ve watched the Conservatives do anything on camera, but take no action off camera, to advance LGBT rights.”

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17 Responses to “Osborne’s gay marriage vow undermined by Tory record”

  1. Axel Hotels

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  2. Bill Kristol-Balls

    George Osborne yesterday said he would be “very happy” to consider same-sex marriage if elected.

    How does his wife feel about this?

    Some people will do anything to get into government 🙂

  3. Rory

    I’m sorry but Mr Grayling did not make any homophobic remarks. You might argue that the position he outlined was tolerant of homophobia, but this does not mean that he himself is homophobic. As I described in response to one of your previous pieces, the question is largely about how far you think the state should intervene to prevent discrimination. One might argue that creating legislation for the state to intervene into all walks of life to stamp out racism, homophobia etc is counterproductive – does taking this position make one a homophobe? I would say not. But unfortunately, on forums such as this website, dissent and debate is not tolerated.

  4. Bill4

    Oh no not Shamik in a tirade of biased rubbish against the Tories. Move on, nothing of any intellectual value here.

  5. Bill Kristol-Balls

    @ Rory

    The definition of homophobia is ‘prejudice against homosexual people’.

    Grayling advocated the position that B&B owners should be free to exercise prejudice against homosexual people.

    Therefore he made a homophobic remark.

    As for not tolerating dissent or debate, how come your post made it through if the editors don’t allow dissent or debate?

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  8. Mr. Sensible

    The Tories have fundomentally not changed.

    Frankly, that comment about civil partnerships could just as easily have been tagged on to the end of the married couples allowance policy with a paperclip.

    They are still the same old Tories.

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  15. Caitlin Baker

    Marriage is one of the most sacred ceremonies that we humans experience. Being married also gives us happines.:.:

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