Friday 15 March 2013

Heirs of the Body

I can hardly believe that I am writing this. But then again, I can believe it only too easily.

The House of Lords is seeking to ensure that the Throne will only ever be able to pass to the product of a marriage between one man and one woman.

Not to the product of the artificial, or indeed the natural, insemination either of a Queen Regnant or of her lawful wedded wife. Nor to the product of artificial, or indeed of natural, insemination either by a King or by his lawful wedded husband.

None other than Shaun Woodward abstained rather than support same-sex "marriage", and it will not only have been because his constituency of Saint Helens North was in the North West, one of the Old Labour Catholic heartlands.

Woodward was very much Gordon Brown's consigliere, giving the lie to the claim that Brown's abstention was just because "he never turns up to anything these days". And Woodward defected from the Conservatives over Section 28, a meaningless ban on something that was in any case impossible, such that no action under it was ever brought against anyone.

Whereas there is nothing meaningless about this. Nothing meaningless at all.

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