Scotland isn’t a beacon of freedom. Its support for gay marriage is just another excuse to pry into private lives
By Brendan O'Neill, Telegraph
[...] So is the Scottish government’s support for gay marriage a temporary deviation from its normal work of passing illiberal new laws and bossing people around? I don’t think so. I think it is an extension of that authoritarianism. What is fundamentally attractive about the gay marriage issue to politicians who can’t even spell the word freedom – politicians like David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon – is that it grants them the authority to meddle in an age-old institution and even to redefine the meaning of marriage. It gives them the power to refashion marriage in the image of their own social set and according to their own moral outlook, and even allows them to redefine people’s identities, to rechristen us all “partners” rather than husbands or wives and “Parent 1” and “Parent 2” rather than mum and dad. Gay marriage is attractive to the petty authoritarians who rule over us because it gives them a big and firm foot in the door of marriage and the family – institutions which were traditionally seen as being beyond the grasp and remit and diktat of the state, which were considered “havens in a heartless world”. Scotland’s rulers are drawn to gay marriage not in spite of their normal lust for sticking their hooters into people's private lives, but because of it.
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