Tories desert party in mass revolt over gay marriage
Tory members are deserting in droves as David Cameron’s support for gay marriage threatens his authority over an increasingly restive party.
MPs have told The Times that activists are resigning or refusing to renew their membership in large numbers in protest at the Government’s plans to equalise marriage.
Those quitting range from a handful in some seats to dozens in others and more than a hundred in some, according to MPs. ....Read more
Debate has occurred throughout Europe over proposals to legalize same-sex marriage as well as civil unions.
Currently 22 of the 51 countries in Europe recognize some type of same-sex unions, among them a majority of members of the European Union. Eight European countries legally recognize same-sex marriage, namely Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. An additional fourteen have a form of civil union or unregistered cohabitation. San Marino only allows immigration and cohabitation of a citizen's partner. Several countries are currently considering same-sex union recognition.
The constitutions of Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia and Ukraine define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
The governments of France, the United Kingdom and Luxembourg have all either introduced legislation which would permit same-sex marriage, or intend to do so in the near future.....Read more