Tue Feb 5, 2013 5:8AM
In the U-K, the Conservative party is in danger of being torn apart following calls from senior members urging party leader David Cameron to postpone a vote on same-sex marriage. A possible rebellion would be deeply embarrassing for the prime minister who's been closely associated with the proposal.
Prime Minister David Cameron might be hoping the plans to push through the laws allowing same-sex couples to marry will cement his place in British political history. Instead, the Prime Minister has stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy and in-fighting, even within his own party. Ahead of the free vote on the proposals slated for Tuesday, a group of 22 grassroots Conservative leaders handing in a petition urging the government to put the brakes on the legislation altogether, or at least delay the vote. The new legislation would provide full equality in the eyes of the law and would be more inclusive than the Civil Partnership Act of 2004 that stopped short of a church wedding which this new law would allow. There is a deep worry from those outside the upper echelons of the British political establishment that the government changes are being pushed through without enough public consultation or consideration. Reports suggests that up to four cabinet members and almost half of the Conservative Party’s MPs could vote against the move. Downing Street says the figure is expected to be much lower. To gauge public opinion, we took a London high street. The New Archbishop of Canterbury has also waded in on the row saying the Church of England opposed the move. A position the Rev Dr Stephen Sizer sympathises with. David Cameron has said he will not back down on an issue that is about equality and not politics. It now remains to be seen if his party will survive, intact, regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s vote.