Sunday, July 20, 2008

Britain's Conservative Party on same-sex unions; what about EU on gay marriage, gays in the military?

Today (Sunday July 20), CNN’s Fareid Zakarie interviewed David Cameron, the head of Britain’s Conservative Party. In the interview, Cameron supported the idea of legally recognized same-sex domestic partnerships as encouraging stability and as consonant with “conservative” values. Cameron said that “conservatives” view the world from the viewpoint of the individual and the family as part of “society” which is distinct from what the left calls the “state.” He also talked about defending “freedom” as requiring the need to recognize the legal due process rights of terror suspects, whom he said were inflaming young Muslim men in Britain.

A quick check shows that Britain passed its Civil Partnership Act, which took effect in December 2005. Civil partnerships, unlike marriages, do not have to be registered publicly. BBC News confirmed about 1200 bookings in December 2005. The main news story (“Gay ‘weddings’ become law in the UK”) was posted December 5, 2006, here.

On December 22, 2005 the same paper published “gay marriage around the globe” here.

Britain officially ended its ban on openly gay members of the Armed forces in 2000. A paper in AC, “Associated Content,” March 19, 2006, was titled “Gays in the Military: What about the UK, France, and other EU Countries: Everybody else is doing it, why can’t we?” link here. That has long been the major argument of the Michael D. Palm center at the University of California at Santa Barbara (see Feb. 22, 2008 posting on this blog).

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