Democracy runs on disagreement
In a democracy it is often forgotten that there are at least two views of everything. For example, the recent kerfuffle over homosexual marriage.
Those MPs who voted against it are now frequently castigated as homophobic bigots. However, it would be just as facile to label those who voted in favour as Christian-ophobic bigots. It depends on your point of view.
Similarly, it has been said that Parliament's vote confirms that views held in the past are now considered to be wrong. But Parliament's vote is often contrary to the electorate's view of what is right; capital punishment, still favoured by the majority, is an obvious example. So, Parliament's vote could be a vote for wrong.
However, for those who consider marriage to be a formal union specifically between a man and a woman, the changed definition could be taken to mean that they can no longer consider themselves to be truly married.
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In reality, we do not have democracy because we agree. We have democracy because we agree to disagree. Democracy does not require universal agreement; it requires an opposition.
Russ Ball, Leicester.