This strikes me as a big deal. In an effort to win back the gay vote, the Tories' "Contract For Equalities" expands on the Conservative support for civil partnerships thus:

''We will also consider the case for changing the law to allow civil partnerships to be called and classified as marriage.''

So we may soon have a major conservative party in the Anglosphere committed to full marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. Nothing could more dramatically expose the gulf between Britain's Tolerant Tories and America's Christianist Republicans.

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