The British government has announced that this weekend, the ‘rainbow flag’ will fly over government buildings to mark the first gay marriages in the United Kingdom.
The Same-Sex Marriage Act was passed last year, with the first ceremonies set to take place from this Saturday, the 29th of March.
The flag, typically a symbol for LGBT individuals and activists worldwide, will fly above Britain’s Cabinet Office and the Scotland Office. The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is reported to have personally asked for the flag to be flown “to mark the historic milestone for civil rights”.
“The flying of the rainbow flag at the Cabinet Office therefore sets a dangerous precedent. If the banners of minority and lobby groups are to be flown from national buildings simply on the basis of favour being paid to the most powerful lobbies of the day, in the spirit of equality surely the Crescent and Star of Islam, or perhaps the UKIP logo should fly atop our government buildings as popular opinion sways to and fro.
“Even in Downing Street it is accepted that the Same Sex Marriage Bill has been a disastor, with the Prime Minister privately apologising and admitting he would have done things differently with the benefit of hindsight.”