just to explain something to americans
I’m seeing lots of ‘WOW THE CONSERVATIVE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER SUPPORTS GAY MARRIAGE OMG’
it’s great and wonderful and I’m so happy my country is on its way to equality
but it’s not the equivalent of a republican leader (eg romney, bush, santorum etc) declaring support for gay marriage, which is what a lot of people seem to think, based on things people say on tumblr but also, mostly, what American newsreaders say (I watch your news a lot because I’m really interested in American politics and culture)
it’s not the same because our conservatives are NOT like your conservatives. there is a small faction within the UK conservative party that would agree with the more extreme American conservative ideals, but that is a VERY SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE and none of them are the senior, prominent members of the party. in fact, politicians in the UK who would have a lot in common with republican leaders have their own party. this party is called the British National Party - the BNP. They have no elected officials in the UK parliament because they don’t have enough public support; they are too extreme for the vast majority of people. I’m not saying that all republicans are like the BNP because most people in the BNP are pretty evil - most of them are racist, islamaphobic and agree with Nazi ideals etc, and also their leader has been in prison for hate crimes.
anyway, back to my point - our conservatives are quite liberal compared to your conservatives. a lot of conservative voters and politicians share the ideals of your democratic party (mostly - there’s some stuff they’d disagree on but they aren’t poles apart). our left wing party is the labour party and they are more liberal than some of your democrats. there are members of the public who vote democrat in the US who would vote conservative in the UK.
consider this: senior conservatives in the US don’t support abortion. senior UK conservatives are pro-choice.
so whilst david cameron’s support is amazing and I’m not undermining that. I think it’s fantastic that our leader supports equality, and is determined to legalise it. but it’s not the equivalent of an extreme, leading republican to support it. dick cheney’s support for gay marriage is much more remarkable and unusual than david cameron’s. I’m just getting a little tired of seeing posts and listening to newsreaders acting like it’s the same thing because, trust me, it REALLY isn’t the same thing. that’s all, thanks for reading.
incidentally, I would never vote for the conservatives in my country. I’d vote for labour. I disagree with the conservatives about education policy and economic policy. but that’s just me.