Why David Cameron's so keen on gay marriage
MANY people, myself included, have been unclear as to why Mr Cameron has chosen this time to insist on gay marriage against the wishes of many in his own party or the country at large, rather than concentrating on more important issues of financial or other note.
It has also been unclear why this has happened in other European countries at the same time, France for example. Now we know the answer.
An EU report due to be voted through the EU Parliament this November would see all marriages and civil contracts conducted in any EU country become legally binding in all other member states.
Under the Berlinguer Report a couple who are not permitted to marry in their home country could travel to another member country in order to wed, knowing that on their return home they would have to be regarded as married.
Paragraph 40 of this report would mean that any member state would have to grant "all social benefits and other legal effects" such as legal recognition, benefit entitlements and tax breaks to a married couple, even if such a marriage did not exist in their own legal system.
So, if a couple were to marry in Belgium, Sweden, Portugal or Spain where same sex marriage is possible for example, the EU will then say they have to be given the same legal rights in whichever member state they choose to reside in.
It is therefore no surprise that our Prime Minister has kept very quiet about this, even at the expense of splitting his party.
Once again he is towing the line with his masters' wishes in Brussels and has taken this upon himself without reference to the public at large or by allowing all the facts to be made clear before the recent debate in the house. You have also stated that the English and Welsh churches will not be made to marry same sex couples, but at the same time knowing this law would come about later this year. Shame on you sir.
To even slightly suggest these two issues are in fact interconnected would have caused total uproar in his party and parliament. Unfortunately Mr Cameron the cat is out of the bag.
Chairman, UKIP Plymouth and S W Devon Branch