Everyone knows what David Cameron thinks about marriage equality, but now we also know what Nick Clegg thinks:
The Coalition’s social agenda is hardly uncontroversial, especially when it comes to the suggestion that homosexual couples should have full marriage rights.
Mr Clegg is an unabashed backer of the notion. “Marriage is all about a couple – whether they are a man and woman, a man and a man, a woman and a woman, – showing love for each other, commitment to each other. I think we should celebrate that commitment,” he says.
That is likely to irk critics including the Roman Catholic Church. Mr Clegg, married to a strong Spanish Catholic who is raising their sons in the faith, insists he has “immense respect” for the Church. But its stance on marriage is outdated, he says.
“The Catholic Church, like any Church, has this constant dilemma, of drawing on their traditional beliefs but also moving with the world as it progresses.
“My own view is that in 50 years’ time people will look back and say, ‘What on earth was all the fuss about?”