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What's all the fuss about?

Byline: Susan Lee

GAY marriage is a divisive topic. There are those fiercely for it, those fiercely against - and then a whole swathe of people in the middle who frankly couldn't give a hoot.

These folk are me and you, the general public, and it's not that we're disinterested but more that we simply don't understand why the issue is currently taking up so much political time and energy.

We're a tolerant nation. Our default position is 'live and let live'.

It was brought home to me listening to a vox pop on the radio this week. All of the voices, young and old, expressed an opinion on gay marriage which was the verbal equivalent of a shoulder shrug.

"It's not hurting anyone, is it?" said one man. And that just about sums it up.

I'm not even sure the issue of gay marriage is a real one borne out of bubbly public outrage or demand for change but rather a political football being used in a giant game of point scoring.

It's worth remembering, amid all the vitriol on both sides of the debate, that at heart the great British public is an understanding lot.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 8, 2013
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