British Prime Minister David Cameron has defended his controversial bill to legalise same-sex marriage, in particular arguing that it could transform the lives of young LGBT people. Last night, 366 MPs backed his Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, while 161 MPs, primarily members of his own Conservative Party, opposed his plans for LGBT equality.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, Cameron told the BBC: “The fact is this is a free vote issue that parliaments have to determine. Our House of Commons has just determined that.
“I think we should think about it like this – that there will be young boys in schools today who are gay, who are worried about being bullied, who are worried about what society thinks of them, who can see that the highest Parliament in the land has said that their love is worth the same as anybody else’s love and that we believe in equality.
“I think they will stand that bit taller today and I’m proud of the fact that that has happened.”
Accepting that his party was divided on the issue Cameron said: “On the gay marriage issue, this is an issue clearly that divides the country. It certainly divides the Conservative Party. ”But I think it is right for Britain, like other countries, to take on this issue and to determine the right approach and that’s exactly what I’ve done and I’m proud of the fact that this legislation has now passed the House of Commons. That’s a good thing.
“Every country across the world is having to address this. In New Zealand a centre-right Government has just legalised gay marriage. Eleven or 12 states in the US have done the same thing."
Lustralboy applauds the determination with which Cameron has pursued this issue. We look forward to the final passage of legislation. Then the UK will follow France as the 15th nation to take further this step towards equality for gay people of all ages.
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