Here's a very quick summary.
- MPs have voted for the gay marriage bill by 400 votes to 175 - a majority of 225. Such a large majority probably increases the chances of the bill being able to get through the House of Lords this year, without the government having to rely on the Parliament Act to push it through in 2014.
- More than half of the Tory MPs who voted chose to oppose gay marriage. Initial figures suggest that 139 Tories voted against, and only 132 voted for. Technically this is not a rebellion, because it was a free vote. But it is a severe embarrassment to David Cameron.
Part of the Left's primary agenda over the decades is to weaken the strength of the family, the traditionally married man and woman, raising children together. The problem being that men and women pass on their values to their children and if you are trying to make a new world, a socialist utopia, then you need to break this influence. Promoting women working outside the home as a right, while their children are put into child care, makes women think they are gaining something, and meanwhile the left ensure that from their youngest years, children are slowly taught other values by other people. Compulsory schooling wasn't getting them early enough, for as the Jesuits used to say, give me the boy until he is seven and I will give you the man. How children are raised in their earliest years and by whom make an incredible difference, and the left have cottoned on the need to raise children by others from babyhood if their dreams of utopia will be realised.
This same-sex marriage thing, like wholesale childcare, like no-fault divorce, is a massive win by the left against the family. It separates the notion of children from marriage, and turns marriage into a romantic partnership only. Sure, many act like marriage is a romantic partnership anyway, but what same-sex marriage does is confirm that idea into the modern mind. It makes it much more likely that New Zealand will follow suit.
Ideas are important, and ideas are dangerous, because ideas will change how people act. The idea that marriage is just something I do to make myself happy is such a dangerous idea, and it's result is broken marriages and families and many, many children being raised by their mothers only. All the research says that on the whole, in every sphere of life, those that do the best in life come from intact families where their mother and father were married to each other and stayed together.
Strong families are a major bulwark against the State becoming too intrusive into the lives of every day individuals, so weakening families is always at the top of the left's agenda. They won't say it overtly, however, they'll just frame in the language of sentamentalism and equality. More fool any so-called conservatives who can't see this.
National Party supporters, David Farrar and Cameron Slater are happy.
Related link: Gay marriage debate live blog ~ The Guardian