Gay marriage and tolerance
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The passing of the gay marriage bill has caused a nationwide split in opinion. A quick glance at the comments sections of the major left-leaning / right-leaning media websites is evidence of that. Indeed, comments from The Guardian and The Independent generally celebrate the passing of the bill, describing it as a victory for equality and social progress; whilst those from The Telegraph and The Daily Mail deplore the government in proposing a bill it has no mandate for, a bill that trashes tradition and sets a precedent for further ‘damage’ to the institution of marriage. The left brand the right as bigoted, homophobic Nazis; the right brand the left as Marxist conspiracy theorists intent on corrupting society. Whilst people scramble to decide which side they’re on and prepare to join in on the heckling, it should be pointed out that this kind of ideological warfare helps nobody: such a split in opinion makes constructive debate impossible.
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