The Guardian says:
Owen Paterson, the socially conservative Northern Ireland secretary, has become the first member of the cabinet to say publicly he does not support gay marriage.
This is what he said:
"Having considered this matter carefully, I am afraid I have come to the decision not to support gay marriage,"
“Having considered whether or not people should be treated equally, I am afraid I have come to the decision that they shouldn’t.”
Paterson wants everyone else to behave the way he wants them to. Or does he? He also says:
"However, the government is rightly committed to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and has already taken action to do so by allowing those religious premises that wish to carry out civil partnerships to do so, erasing historic convictions for consensual gay sex and putting pressure on other countries that violate the human rights of LGBT people.”
There are two ways to interpret this. Perhaps he’s saying that while he has certain views on the matter, it’s not up to him to decide what the nation should do and he’d abide by the collective decision. But….wait a cotton-picking minute. He has to abide by it, as do the rest of us.
Saying that you hate gays but will tolerate them if you’re forced by law isn’t exactly an open-minded position and bigoted pricks like Paterson don’t get to pretend it is.