Cameron slams Mosques for ‘locking out’ gays
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister David Cameron affirmed his commitment to same-sex civil marriage while addressing a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) reception at Downing Street.
In his speech, he thanked lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for the contribution they make in the arts, in media, in sport, in business, and in finance.
For some reason, he didn’t mention politics.
He lauded the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the (manifestly enlightened) Jewish Gay Equality Group, and pledged himself to follow in the steps of Tony Blair by legislating for gay marriage in this parliament. He said: “I make that point not only as someone who believes in equality but as someone who believes passionately in marriage. I think marriage is a great institution – I think it helps people to commit, it helps people to say that they’re going to care and love for another person. It helps people to put aside their selfish interests and think of the union that they’re forming. It’s something I feel passionately about and I think if it’s good enough for straight people like me, it’s good enough for everybody and that’s why we should have gay marriage and we will legislate for it.”
That’s nice: it's good to feel passion for things.
He added: “And I know there’s going to be some big arguments, there will be arguments obviously within political parties including my own, there will be arguments with many of the public that take a different view, although it is worth noting that opinion polls consistently show that the public support the case for equality and obviously there’ll be arguments within the Mosques as well and I can say how great it is to see some Muslim men and women here tonight supporting this cause."
And then this: “I run an institution – the Conservative Party (which you're slowly destroying [ed.]) – which for many, many years got itself on the wrong side of this argument, it locked people out who were naturally Conservative from supporting it and so I think I can make that point to the Mosques, gently (‘gently’ is very considerate, bless you [ed.]). Of course this is a very complicated and difficult issue for all the different Mosques (you don’t say [ed.]), but I passionately believe that all institutions need to wake up to the case for equality, and the Mosque shouldn’t be locking out people who are gay, or are bisexual or are transgender from being full members of that Mosque, because many people with deeply-held Islamic views are also gay. And just as the Conservative Party, as an institution, made a mistake in locking people out so I think the Mosques can be in danger of doing the same thing.”
O, hang on. His Grace apologises, for he has slightly misconstrued (again).