We have a couple stories out of the United Kingdom this morning on the marriage equality front. First, the man who encouraged prime minister David Cameron to embrace marriage equality quit. Gay Star News has the details:
Andrew Cooper, founder of UK polling company Populus Ltd, resigned from his position as director of government strategy yesterday (14 April), the Daily Mail reports. Cooper had advised UK Prime Minister David Cameron on making gay marriage a top priority for a modern Conservative government, and to move away from traditional right-wing values. His aim was to attract a younger generation of voters for the political party. He has lost out to Australian strategist Lynton Crosby, who has been running the Conservative’s voting campaign since January. Crosby’s campaigning does not put gay marriage at the top of the party’s agenda.
It’s too early to know what this move will mean for the marriage equality bill pending before the parliament, if anything.
In other UK news, the Archbishop of Canterbury will talk with gay-rights activist Peter Tatchell about marriage equality this week. Pink News reports:
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is set to discuss gay rights with Peter Tatchell on Thursday at Lambeth Palace. Last month, the human rights campaigner announced he had secured a meeting with Archbishop Welby, who has made a number of public remarks about gay rights in recent months. Shortly after his appointment in November of last year Archbishop Welby spoke of the need of the Church of England to have “no truck with any form of homophobia”.
The Archbishop is opposed to marriage equality, but has stated that he supports strengthening the relationships, whatever that means.