SOME sense, and a great deal of manure has emanated from the House of Commons during the acrimonious and often lunatic debate over gay marriage this week.
Biggest bouquet, though, must go to David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, who is quoted here as saying:
The Hon Member for Gainsborough [Edward Leigh, Con] should also recall that this House deliberated for 20 years – he will know the name of William Wilberforce – on the abolition of the slave trade. Conservative Members may tut, but they know that this House was split for 20 years on the issue of whether black human beings were human or chattel. There were Christians in this House who sought to suggest that black human beings were chattel, and that somehow it was a matter of conscience and we should not end the slave trade. That is why this is a noble fight.
And the biggest brickbat? That, naturally, goes to Leigh, who said after the vote:
Army and NHS chaplains who preach in favour of traditional marriage in their own churches on Sunday could find themselves in trouble for it at work on Monday. Tens of thousands of teachers are at risk of disciplinary action for expressing traditional views.
And for those of you who might have been counting the minutes to see who would be the first to blame The Gays for Oklahoma’s devastating tornado, here’s this from the Westboro Baptist Church, which claimed that God had blown off in rage because basketball player Jason Collins came out as gay in April.
Collins, who played with the NBA’s Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards this season, became the first openly gay male athlete in US professional team sports after a very high-profile coming out.