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September 2008

Tory ambivalence

 

Gay adoption and civil partnerships are ‘right and moral’, according to Conservative education spokesman Michael Gove in a speech to the Institute of Public Policy Research.

     In a speech on the family reported by the Christian Institute, Mr Grove said that the Conservatives had been wrong in the past to oppose ‘gay rights’ measures like homosexual adoption. He said that ‘the demand for civil partnerships, proper inheritance rights and equality in adoption rights from gay couples, is not a rejection of commitment but a desire to see commitment celebrated and publicly embraced. It is right and moral’.

     However, Lord Tebbit disagreed with Mr Gove’s comments. He told the Daily Mail: ‘Every statistic shows that children grow up more likely to do well in school, stay out of trouble, and have a happier life if they have both a male and female role model. Too often we look at these things from the point of view of the adult rather than the child. I think that adoption by homosexual couples is unsatisfactory for the child’.

     Although Mr Grove backed plans to support married couples through the tax system, he also said that fathers ought to be encouraged to take more responsibility for their children, whether they are married to the mother or not.

     ET readers will hardly need reminding that corrosively unbiblical views in today’s UK concerning marriage and the family know no political boundaries.

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