Is David Jones’s brain a safe environment for intelligent thought?
The Welsh Secretary, David Jones, one of only two Cabinet ministers to oppose gay marriage, made a comment on local television which did not simply reek of prejudice but, taken at face value, was downright ignorant.
“I regard marriage as an institution that has developed over many centuries, essentially for the provision of a warm and safe environment for the upbringing of children, which is clearly something that two same sex partners can’t do,” he said
Then, presumably somebody whispered in his ear that there are an increasing number of gay couples in the UK who are lovingly bringing up children, all of whom he had just randomly insulted. He decided that a clarification was needed.
He announced: “I did not say in the interview that same sex partners should not adopt children and that is not my view. I simply sought to point out that, since same sex partners could not biologically procreate children, the institution of marriage was one that, in my opinion, should be reserved to opposite sex partners.”
So, go back to his original statement, remove the words “a warm and safe environment for the upbringing of” and you arrive at roughly what the minister now says he meant to say. What a communicator!
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