Loughton had responded to a constituent's letter and said:
"For me, marriage as a religious institution cannot be anything other than between a man and a woman, and particularly when all the rights and responsibilities of marriage are available to non-heterosexual couples through civil partnerships.Now, I'm not going to get into the whole debate about the fact that church used to perform same sex marriages for most of its existence, or that many, many same sex couples want to get married, as that's a debate for another time. So instead, here's what
I do not see why we need to change the law, especially at this time when there are so many other important matters for the Government to be addressing. Until now I have not received a single letter from a constituent pressing me to support gay marriage."
"Our consultation on equal marriage is about how to do this, not whether. Both Coalition parties have made clear we are committed to legislate by 2015."Predictably, this has brought forth such gems of wisdom from Daily Mail commentors on the article like:
"So you are not allowed to voice your own opinion where the loonie Libs are concerned, hardly democratic is it Featherstone."
- daveyh, Ho UKlt,and
"Wow, the liberals are now telling people that they can'ht have an opinion!"
- Philip, Cameron - you promised us a referendum on the EU. Why did you lie?,Now, those comments are the real point of tis blogpost because I'd like to clarify something for the ignorant, blinkered people who left those comments:
Being a liberal means believing that you have the right to air your opinion - and we will fight to defend your right to have and to voice your opinion. It also means that we have the right to vocally disagree with you and say that you're speaking a load of old tosh and that you deserve a metaphorical smack around the head for being such a prejudiced bigot.
It's not hard really. Everyone has the right of freedom of speech and of thought. And, if you're an angry illiberal - I'm sorry to break it to you - that includes the right for other people to disagree with you.
So many people seem to either to be too dense to grasp this basic point or to deliberately misunderstand it in order to whine pathetically about being victimised by the "PC brigade". And you know, my heart bleeds for them - what's the centuries old vicitimisation of LGBT people, ethnic minorities and women compared to the suffering of semi-illiterate white, male, middle-class Daily Mail commenters?