Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Frankly Orwellian

So Parliament will be making one of their most important decisions in the next few hours. Obviously the economy and European policy are important and vital to our collective future but the decision on gay marriage will have a profound effect on thousands of ordinary people's lives.

The oft repeated claim of some Conservatives and church figures that such a re-definition of marriage is 'Orwellian' shows a twisting of the term that really is characteristic of Orwell's big brother. How can a move towards greater equality for people of all sexualities be seen as in any way underhand or unnatural? Marriage is a social construct and, while opposition to such an idea does not make you a bigot unless it goes along with genuine homophobia, it is up to our Parliament and our society to define who can marry and what such a commitment means.

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