Three years ago, Sir John Randall, a former member of the British parliament voted against same sex marriage, and he now regrets it wholeheartedly. Gay marriage eventually became legal in 2014, but this happened despite his opposition.
The Conservative Party’s former deputy chief whip is now coming out with a very public apology.
“There are not many things that I regret about my time as an MP, but almost as soon as I voted against same-sex marriage, I knew I had made a mistake,” he said.
Even though his vote did not stand in the way of the legislation passing, he believes that by not supporting gay marriage he “was not courageous.”
He adds: “I think I was just not ready for this step, conflicted between many of my age group and those of the younger generation whose views I wanted to understand. Ultimately, I think I knew that I was going to be on the wrong side, as those who wanted me to vote for [the legislation] were some of the nicest people I came across, something that couldn’t be said about those opposing.”
“So three years on I can honestly say I was wrong and I am sorry not to have been able to see it at the time,” he concludes.
“With hindsight I wish I had spoken to a very good friend and colleague before the vote,” Randall explained. “He might easily have been expected to oppose the move to same-sex marriage, but he said to me that it was something that wouldn’t affect him at all but would give great happiness to many people. That is an argument that I find it difficult to find fault with.”