It was only last September that Jacob Rees-Mogg offered the oxymoron “I oppose same-sex marriage, but I’d go to a gay wedding” to Good Morning Britian viewers nationwide. It all stank of a PR facelift, given Rees-Mogg has consistently voted against same-sex marriage throughout his parliamentary career.
But the PR unravels further, as Scrapbook has found an article in a 1991 copy of the Oxford student newspaper, Cherwell, where Jacob Rees-Mogg argued gay relationships were not in “acceptance with traditional Christian values.”
The article itself addressed the difficulties gay couples faced in the wake of Thatcher’s Section 28, which stated that a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.”
The LibDem leader Tim Farron’s radical stance against homosexuality led to his resignation last year, when he vacillated over whether gay sex was a sin.
There was no such hesitation on Rees-Mogg’s part however. As part of the article, Oxford students were asked their opinion on gay relationships (NB relationships, not marriage). One student said “it doesn’t bother me because it doesn’t affect me;” another said “If people want to live together, that’s fine by me.”
However, Staunch Roman Catholic Rees-Mogg (then a student at Trinity College, OXford) stated:
“I don’t think its in acceptance with traditional Christian values.”