Are Obama and Cameron playing with electoral fire?

By Michael Kirke, MercatorNet

As was widely anticipated, President Obama’s “evolution” on the marriage question has now reached its final resting place in the gay lobby camp. But the political consequences are not so clear and the electoral rout which the other convert to the redefinition of marriage cause, Britain’s David Cameron, experienced at the polls last week might be worrying him. But really, given his imprisonment – not necessarily an unwilling confinement – by the ultra liberal caucus, he had little choice as to which side of the fence he was ultimately going to choose.

Political observers in Britain are already speculating that the coalition government there, following the disastrous showing in last week’s nation-wide local elections, rewrote the content of yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, the speech written by the Prime Minister but read by the Queen to Parliament and outlining the forthcoming legislative plans. “Gay marriage” was not mentioned in the speech.

However, it does not mean the plan has been abandoned. The Chancellor, George Osborne, said the “reform” plans were being postponed in favour of “the things that really matter” to voters, namely the economy. Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone assured the gay lobby that there will be “no U-turn,” saying it will be brought in as promised by 2015. The are proceeding with their strange consultation. “There was never any plan to include equal civil marriage in this year’s Queen’s Speech. Our consultation is still ongoing and it’s important we listen to people’s views.” People are not being consulted as to whether or not they want marriage redefined, just about how they want it redefined.

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