UK Politics

The Question Closet Case Gay MPs Will Have To Answer

2 Feb 2013 at 23:33

I’ve been looking at the Coalition for Equal Marriage’s website, and their list of MPs who intend to vote against allowing gay people to marry on Tuesday. I note with interest the names of several MPs who most people in the Westminster Village know to be closet case gays. And I note also the names of two supposedly straight MPs who I know to be conducting gay affairs at the moment. I don’t believe in ‘outing’ anyone, but because of the rank hypocrisy there will be others who will take a different view.

Adam Lake wrote tonight…

If you can’t be honest about who you are that is your problem. If you try to hypocritically defy my equality that is another issue entirely.

How is it possible to be married yourself, and yet at the same time vote to deny that privilege to someone whose pants you have just pulled down?

UPDATE SUNDAY 4.33pm: This post seems to have caused a right stooshie, with some people deliberately misunderstanding what I have written, or just as bad, trying to put words into my mouth. Let me very clear. I wrote above "I don’t believe in “outing” anyone". It seems many people missed it, so i thought I would repeat it. People seemed to interpret the rest as some sort of veiled threat. It isn’t. It is merely pointing out the blindingly obvious that any apparently straight MP having a gay affair could have to defend themselves against charges of hypocrisy. Others, who are less squeamish about outing others may hold those MPs to account. All I was doing was pointing out to those MPs to be prepared for it.

There is a lot of hypocrisy in this issue. We hear plenty from MPs about the brilliance and sanctity of marriage, and then find out they’ve had an affair.

And people point out that there are plenty of gay people who oppose gay marriage. I know of one. Andrew Pierce. I know plenty who couldn’t care less and are totally ambivalent. I do think it’s odd to be gay and be quite happy to live a life unequal in the eyes of the law, but, hey, each to their own.

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