I always find something interesting when I go to Jeanette Winterson's web page. This time a column about gay marriage, written in 2002:
"For the first time in my life, I felt that there was genuine consensus in favour of a more equal and honest society, one where all our loves are treated with the dignity love deserves.
Yet, there is still a problem - or rather a moral debate, and it is an important one. What does marriage mean in the twenty first century? Does it deserve special status? Should marriage be reserved for heterosexuals? Shadow Home Secretary Oliver Letwin rather charmingly calls them mixed-sex couples, as though neither party can be quite sure of their gender.
Of course, if same sex couples could marry, we would have none of this legislative difficulty, but it seems that while society is ready to end discrimination against gays, it is largely hostile to any proposals for gay marriage." Read the rest, it's not very long. And still valid!