Monday, 20 May 2013
Conservative Party future can be defined by marriage for all
Today we have heard MPs from all sides of the House of Commons speak in support of Equal Marriage. Overwhelmingly there is a simple message everyone should be able to celebrate their love through the great institution of Marriage.
However it would be wrong to deny that there is not a significant minority who do oppose the idea of Equal Marriage the idea is opposed to their values and the values of the religion they hold close. This is also true of a minority in the Conservative Party.
What is telling though is not that some Conservative MPs oppose Same Sex Marriage from a cultural commentators perspective that is something that would be expected from history, but that a large number support it and that its a Conservative led government who is introducing equal marriage. When we look at polling of younger members in the party the support for equal marriage extends further.
What does this all mean? Is it that the conservative party is slowly selling out to a political correct agenda? or has the party been infiltrated by the left? If you listened to some in the media and indeed those claiming to speak for the Conservative Grass roots you would believe that to be true. Reality is that the Conservative party is changing, its is changing because times are changing, social perspectives are changing and people are changing. When I talk to fellow Conservatives under 35 the politics I see is one built around being united on Thatcherite Economic Policy, principle of success through hard work and the values of liberty, freedom and Diversity. This is also the message in a similar terminology coming from the so called modernisers in the party. Policies such as Equal Marriage are not about selling out, not about swinging left right up down or indeed out of control (if you believe some of the commentators) but about swinging behind a traditional institution. The Policy is saying the door shouldn't be closed to some as it has in the past from being able to benefit from the benefits of marriage simply because of their sexuality when in 2013 we consider people equal regardless of race sexuality gender or any other protected characteristic. As Conservatives we want everyone to benefit from the values we hold close and that we believe help achieve a society that is successful fair and one where liberty is at its core. This is a message that those still shaped by the culture of the past and shaped by their own religious perspective has been hard to see as one they can support, however as we go forward and the mist of change becomes clearer we will see people who have wrestled with their own consciences seeing the positives in other embracing their conservative values they hold close and we will see a country that is better for it too.
The Equal Marriage debate is a metaphor for change in the conservative party and its change for the better its time we wedged open our dusty wooden doors that have kept our values only accessible to some and made them accessible to all. I'm Proud to be a member of the Conservative Party and I want many more people to join and be proud too.