Opposing gay marriage today: as brave as being openly gay in 1970?

Charles Moore has written a piece for the Spectator in which he salutes the bravery of those standing firm against gay equality, saying that gay marriage today is "as brave as being openly gay was in 1970".

Charles Moore has written a piece for the Spectator paying homage to the bravery of those standing firm against gay equality, saying that coming out against gay marriage today requires as much courage as coming out did 40 years ago.

“To oppose gay ‘equality’ today is roughly as brave as it was to be publicly homosexual in, say, 1970: your position is not absolutely illegal, but it is perilous.”

It’s hard to find anything particularly interesting to say about this piece, apart from this:

Number of hate crimes committed against people in 2011/12 because of their sexual orientation: 4,252.

Number of hate crimes committed against people in 2011/12 because they oppose gay equality: 0

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