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Chris Taylor -

I think it was a clever way of saying both "See, I did what I promised" and "Give it up, this issue is closed" to socon Tory supporters.

If he had refused to even hold an open vote, then there would be people agitating for a change in leadership or party executive. This is a nice way of defusing that bomb and putting the SSM issue to bed.

Hans -

plus it was done democratically so those that believe in free votes and are against same sex marriage can't complain as much. it was a free vote, it lost, tyhat's democracy, go home. geez, is this an indication that democracy actually works sometimes?!?!?!