Waking up to news that British Prime Minister David Cameron and his fellow Tories roared to a resounding victory in Thursday’s general election was thrilling. No, I’m not a closet conservative. I’m a marriage-equality supporter and Cameron’s victory is a major validation of his support of it.
Civil partnerships, the United Kingdom’s answer to civil unions, started in 2005. That’s the year Cameron became leader of the Conservative party. In 2010, he became prime minister. The following year, Cameron’s coalition started looking at ways to legalize same-sex marriage in the U.K. Using his conservative credentials to make the case, Cameron succeeded. In 2013, same-sex couples began to wed.