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The Definition of Marriage, Eagle Eye

The Definition of Marriage

These are tumultuous times for the LGBT movement, with each passing year bringing exhilaration and despair in roughly equal measure.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 13 February 2014 at 7:54 pm

Love the Sinner; Shut Up, Eagle Eye

Love the Sinner; Shut Up

It wasn’t so long ago I was that kind of atheist. You know what I mean; the kind who spend as much time congratulating themselves for being right – by endlessly sharing sarcastic cartoons and YouTube clips of Christopher Hitchens, for example – as making their case.
We are right, of course, but as I grew [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 3:23 pm

Cameron on Gay Marriage Should Make Us Proud, Eagle Eye

Cameron on Gay Marriage Should Make Us Proud

Apologies to Benedict Brogan, deputy editor of The Daily Telegraph, whose excellent morning briefing describes the fuss over gay marriage as “avoidable”. Avoidable how?
Then we had Tim Montgomerie and Mary Ann Sieghart on the Today programme saying that David Cameron should have come out fighting for gay marriage. “That’s what Tony Blair would have done,” [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 20 May 2013 at 9:16 am

A Tory with no ear for double entendre, McSmith

A Tory with no ear for double entendre

In Hexham, Northumberland, a senior Tory councillor named Matty Donnely has told The Journal that he is resigning from the party in disgust over the vote in favour of gay marriage, after a tense meeting with the local MP, Guy Opperman, who supported the measure.

By | McSmith | Monday, 11 February 2013 at 11:54 am

Cameron’s gay marriage tactics were right, Eagle Eye

Cameron’s gay marriage tactics were right

Everyone, except Atul Hatwal, David Cameron and me, seems to think that the Prime Minister “got the politics of the Same Sex Marriage Bill wrong” in failing to come to the Commons yesterday to lead the fight for it in person.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 at 10:33 am

Gay marriage? Get your priorities straight, people, Notebook

Gay marriage? Get your priorities straight, people

What matters? It’s not a simple question. Subjective perhaps, philosophical definitely; the type of thought that the human mind will tussle with for eternity. Unless you’re a Conservative MP, that is. Then you’ve got it sorted. Just ask Liam Fox, the latest in the growing line to get on the record with the answer.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 15 June 2012 at 3:00 am

When will US Republicans realise gay marriage is their natural bedfellow?, Notebook

When will US Republicans realise gay marriage is their natural bedfellow?

Clara Cullen argues that giving government the constitutional power to define what, or more importantly what does not constitute a marriage infringes upon traditional small government values at the heart of US Republican ideology. If they continue to insist on staunchly adhering to socially conservative values, she argues, they will become increasingly out of touch electorally.

By | Notebook, Opinion, iPolitics | Wednesday, 30 May 2012 at 2:00 pm

Is Obama’s support for gay marriage a political ploy or a moral choice?, Notebook

Is Obama’s support for gay marriage a political ploy or a moral choice?

The declaration of support for gay marriage, recently articulated by President Obama, gratified some, astonished others, and drew both great praise and great condemnation. Was this a President demonstrating the moral courage to do what he believed right, or was it a political ploy driven by electoral expediency?

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 17 May 2012 at 11:17 am

As long as the Catholic Church pushes homophobia, it shouldn’t be allowed to run state schools, Notebook

As long as the Catholic Church pushes homophobia, it shouldn’t be allowed to run state schools

You have to hand it to the Catholic Church. It takes a certain level of chutzpah to come through arguably the most widespread global paedophile scandal in human history and its subsequent alleged cover-up, and still be dishing out moral guidance on ‘disordered sexual practices.’

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 1 May 2012 at 10:13 am

Some online dating advice for Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Notebook

Some online dating advice for Cardinal Keith O’Brien

Cardinal Keith O’ Brien made an interesting comparison the other day. Writing for the Sunday Telegraph, he asked his readers to “imagine for a moment that the Government had decided to legalise slavery but assured us that “no one will be forced to keep a slave””. What he seemed to be doing was equating gay marriage with slavery. I would like to make another comparison, which I believe is more accurate and hopefully more helpful: which is that discovering God can be a little like online dating.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 6 March 2012 at 10:05 am

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