Sigh . . . So, British Tory MP David Burrowes said that critics of the same-sex marriage bill in England — which passed its final Commons hurdle today —  are being unfairly accused of being “homophobic or bigoted simply for standing up for marriage,” according to a report in The Telegraph. He used the old reverse discrimination line: “For our constituents, those who disagree risk vilification and discrimination.”

He’s not the only one who has used this line of reasoning. It has been trotted out by religious people and other politicians before.

So, what do they really mean by “standing up for marriage”? Answer: maintaining the traditional model and nothing but. It’s not that gay marriage would in any way threaten male-female marriage. Lots of men and women would still marry. The opponents object to same-sex relationships on personal principle, most often because of their primitive religious belief systems. They won’t accept that not everybody buys into their outdated beliefs; they are determined to force those beliefs down as many throats as possible, i.e. something akin to assault.  So, I’m not that sorry to say that it is plain, old bigotry and homophobia, no matter what ideology is used to wrap it all up.

As for discrimination . . . Every time a politician who is supposed to represent all the people in his or her riding stands up and, essentially, says that gay people do not deserve the same rights hetero people have, it is discrimination. They can’t whitewash it: it is HOMOPHOBIA! It is DISCRIMINATION! They have no business trying to dictate the parameters of relationships between consenting adults.

British Prime Minister David Cameron deserves to be knighted for his valiant efforts to bring freedom and equality to LGBT people. He is a modern-day hero, along with President Francois Hollande of France.