Personally, I think that the move on gay marriage is a welcome one. (Although, the legislation must ensure that no religious denomination can be compelled to marry gay people against its wishes) I’ve always taken David Brooks’ view that ‘The conservative course is not to banish gay people from making such commitments. It is to expect that they make such commitments. We shouldn't just allow gay marriage. We should insist on gay marriage.’ Also once gay civil marriage has been legalised, the government can remove civil partnerships which do create some anomalies.