David Cameron was special guest at a 10 year anniversary event, celebrating the introduction of equal marriage, where he made a stark warning.
Former Prime Minister, David Cameron was the special guest at the LGBT Conservatives’ 10-year celebration of equal marriage event making a powerful speech on the “team effort” that delivered the groundbreaking policy.
Reflecting on the monumental impact of legalising same-sex marriage, Cameron recounted a heartfelt encounter at Number Ten, which affirmed the importance of this transformative legislation. Proudly discussing the social, political, and cultural significance of the journey towards equal marriage, he highlighted the Conservative Party’s commitment to inclusivity and acceptance.
Amidst the celebrations, Cameron also urged caution against divisive cultural wars and encouraged continued support for the Conservative cause.
Embracing Change for a Progressive Society
Cameron’s unwavering commitment to equal marriage emanates from its profound impact on society. He passionately emphasised that the reform marked a real change in society, allowing individuals to express their commitment without discrimination. The acceptance of same-sex marriage has fostered an environment where love is love, breaking down barriers and challenging prejudices.
“The moment it came home to me just how important this was, was when a guy at Number Ten, who I barely had a conversation with, said, ‘Because of something you’ve done, I’m going to be able to marry the person I’ve loved for the last two decades.’ That spine-tingling feeling made me realise this would change so many lives and make such a difference.”Rt Hon David Cameron
Politically, equal marriage held significant importance for the Conservative Party. Cameron vividly recalled a moment during his early days as an MP when a supporter expressed reluctance to vote for him due to his sexual orientation. This revelation prompted Cameron to recognise that the Party needed to embrace change to ensure that everyone felt welcome. He acknowledged that previous policy missteps, like Section 28, had sent a damaging message, perpetuated inequality and hindering the Party’s progress.
By championing equal marriage, the Conservative Party proved its dedication to supporting all citizens and their political choices, he claimed.
A Global Leader in Equality
One of Cameron’s most impactful speeches on this issue was his assertion that supporting equal marriage was not despite being conservative but precisely because of it.
He believed that Conservatives should be at the forefront of such change, promoting inclusivity and emphasising the importance of commitment, regardless of gender. In this sense, the equal marriage legislation embodied the values of the Conservative Party, celebrating love and commitment within the framework of traditional institutions.
“I remember saying in opposition, ‘Love is love,’ and that’s the case whether it’s a man and a woman, a man and a man, or a woman and a woman. We have a strong case for equal marriage as Conservatives, and I’m glad we made it about backing what’s right, not just progressive politics.”Rt Hon David Cameron
Cameron’s tenure as Prime Minister culminated in the historic legislation of equal marriage, making the United Kingdom a global leader in LGBTQ+ rights. He fondly recalled standing alongside former US President Barack Obama, representing countries that had taken significant steps towards equality. By leading the charge for equal marriage, the UK showcased its commitment to progressive values and human rights on the international stage.
The Warning Against Cultural Wars
Amid the celebrations, Cameron offered a cautionary message about divisive ideologies and cancel culture. While advocating for conservative principles, he emphasised the importance of politeness and respect when engaging in cultural debates. Cameron urged the Party to be cautious not to alienate others through unnecessary provocations, but rather, to focus on fostering an inclusive environment where diversity of thought is embraced.
In closing, Cameron extended his support to the current Conservative leadership and emphasised the importance of working together as a team. He took the time to thank Conservative Parliamentarians who helped him take the legislation through including Lord Herbert, Maria Miller and Baroness Stowell who later gave a speech. Raising eyebrows with Liberal Democrats, he failed to highlight their significant support in getting the legislation through Parliament.
He acknowledged that political landscapes are ever-changing, and the outcome of future elections remains uncertain. Nevertheless, he urged attendees to rally behind the leadership, reminding them that unity and support would ensure continued progress.
David Cameron’s speech at the LGBT Conservatives’ 10-year celebration of equal marriage showcased the transformative power of inclusive policies. Equal marriage not only made a monumental difference in society, but it also affirmed the Conservative Party’s commitment to embracing change and advocating for equal rights. Cameron’s call for unity and support reminded attendees that the journey towards an inclusive society is ongoing, but by celebrating milestones like equal marriage, they reaffirm their dedication to progress and equality for all.