David Cameron has said he is ‘fine’ with gay married men kissing in public.
Speaking on Newsnight with new gay host Evan Davis, the UK prime minister was asked to speak plainly on typical scenarios that help reveal whether he is a ‘modernizer’ or a ‘more socially conservative leader’.
Davis asked if he saw two recently married men kissing in a public park, would he consider it to be ‘sweet’ or ‘mildly inappropriate’?
‘No, that’s fine. I’ve been very clear about this and this is where I do, as it were, marry traditional and modern values,’ Cameron said.
‘I believe in the family, I believe in marriage and I think it’s such a great institution I think men should be able to marry each other and women should be able to marry each other.’
He added: ‘If I can kiss my wife in public I don’t see why you can’t kiss your husband in public.’
Cameron was also asked whether he wanted children to learn weights in kilograms or pounds and ounces, with the Prime Minister picking the latter.
And he also said if a company had to choose between a moderately capable Brit or a very good Latvian for a job, he would rather the British company employed British people but it would be entirely up to them.
Davis used the questions to highlight Cameron’s attempts to heal the rift between the two sides, the modern and the socially conservative, of his party.
‘You’ve given us one Conservative answer, which is pounds and ounces; one modernising answer, which is gays can kiss in public; and one that is a bit sitting on the fence,’ Mr Davis said.
‘I’m no clearer about which side of this fence you’re on and the danger is you can’t sit in the middle.’
Watch the interview below (the gay question comes at 10:00).