Tories turn backs on bad old days?

One of the most interesting aspects of Cameron’s speech was the segment on the family and society. For years gay Conservatives had to hide their sexuality because of the party’s socially conservative outlook. Not any more it seems. And Peter Lilley’s policy war against single parents is over too. Cameron’s logic for sustaining publicly committed relationships in the context of ‘stablising society’:

…if you’ve made that public commitment, it just helps you try harder to work your problems through.

We can argue for ever about whether favouring marriage means disadvantaging other arrangements.

My approach is simple. If marriage rates went up, if divorce rates came down – if more couples stayed together for longer, would our society by better off? My answer is yes.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty