In the US, one of the striking aspects of the Republican rump is its insistence that one of only a handful of defining policies is its opposition to marriage rights for gays. Joe Carter recently argued that it was inconceivable that conservatives could support such a thing, or that a conservative case can be made for it. If that is true, then the British Tories are no longer conservative:

Nick Herbert, the Conservative party's Shadow Justice secretary has apparently become the second member of David Cameron's Shadow Cabinet, to enter into a civil partnership.

The news leaked in the Telegraph society column. Think of a Republican cabinet with two openly gay and legally married men in it. I can dream, can't I?

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