Sunday, 15 June 2008

Noted Tory blogger weds his boyf

I am pleased to welcome Iain Dale to the ranks of "political bloggers who are in a civil partnership"; and whatever our political differences, I wish him and his partner well.

When I was heavily involved in gay rights campaigning from 1968 to 1976, I used to come across gay chaps who described themselves as Conservatives, and I always used to wonder how they felt about the fact that, had their party been in power, they would certainly not have been enjoying the (albeit restricted) legal freedom granted in 1967.

Similarly, if Iain's party had won the 2001 election I wonder if they would have brought forward the Civil Partnerships Bill in 2004 and found parliamentary time for it?

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