“I don’t support gay marriage despite being a Conservative,” [UK Prime Minister David] Cameron said in a recent landmark speech on the issue. “I support gay marriage because I am a Conservative.”
What prompted the shift? “We lost three elections, in 1997, 2001 and 2005,” said Margot James, former vice chairman of the Conservative Party and an openly gay member of Parliament.
“The electorate was not seeing us as a viable alternative in a modern world. But David Cameron came along and changed all that. This is a different Conservative Party now, one that is fully in favor of equal rights. I think the Republicans could learn a lot from us in how to appeal to the center, without whose votes a party cannot hope to win.”
“...absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.” Vice President Joe Biden, 05/06/12.This is a bit more than a baby step.
The Vice President's statement may be perfectly timed to make an important impact in North Carolina, as its voters have their say on an Amendment One, which would ban marriage equality in the state.
However, as Andrew Rosenthal mentions in his 05/07 opinion piece in the New York Times, the VP has opened the door to proceed with this debate - on the presidential level; and that, to the Obama Campaign, promises to be tricky. But it's a debate that needs to take place.
The VP's statement simply nudged us a bit to have it now.