This week, on Tuesday 5th of February, MPs in England voted in favour of a bill named the "Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill", meaning that gay couples will, in the near future, be able to choose to get married in religious ceremonies (as well as being able to turn an older 'Civil Partnership' into a 'Marriage', provided the religious organisation agrees).
The exact voting figures, taken from The Guardian, were as follows:
• MPs have voted for the gay marriage bill by 400 votes to 175 - a majority of 225.
• More than half of the Tory MPs who voted chose to oppose gay marriage.
This 'more than half', was, I believe, around 136 to 134. Hats off to the 134(despite them, by trade, not caring for the lower classes), but it's the 136 representatives of some of the country's genuine views towards homosexuality I wish to look at more closely...
But before I even begin, I'd like to say this: I have never seen (and will likely never see) a rational, reasonable argument against equal rights, whatever the area - be it sexuality, race, etc. You'll always hear, in debates of this sort, the same few religiously-motivated arguments forming the opposition; and they're all, always ridiculous.
Every following pseudo-argument was employed, if not word for word, by actual Members of Parliament here in the UK. I'm not making any of these up, and I expect you've all come across most of them, sadly.
So, here's the first:
- "In the beginning there was Adam and EVE, not Adam and STEVE!"