David Frum

01.31.13

Equality in the Motherland

In a surprising change-of-heart, two more Tory leaders have come out in favor of same-sex unions in the UK. 

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, one of the Government’s most senior Right-wingers, indicated yesterday he will vote in favour of legalising same-sex unions next week, while Baroness Warsi, who has previously expressed concern, also revealed she is to back the reform.

Additionally, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, a powerful voice within the party, will most likely abstain, although there are signs that he may indeed back the legislation. That said, there is still much opposition within the party, as well as from the party's grassroots. Either way, it looks as if same-sex unions will soon become law, with at least some support from all the major political parties.