Bob Stewart, the MP for Beckenham, spoke out in a Parliamentary debate on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. He said that as the country made a decision towards marriage equality he opposed it. But now, seeing the result of it, seeing the joy on the faces of people who are able to marry ones they love, he understands that he was mistaken. Moreover, now he wants further progress on the issue and thinks that the Church should give its blessing to same-sex unions. Many LGBT people are religious and they want white weddings, but churches do not allow it, at least yet. Stewart, a decorated former British Army officer and United Nations commander, added: “One of the guards’ battalions in the Second World War was widely recognized as being full of gay men. That battalion was reckoned to be the bravest and most steadfast battalion of the guards.” He is not the only Conservative MP to have made such an U-turn. Two MPs who voted against equal marriage, Nicky Morgan and Caroline Dinenage, both made commitments to LGBT rights when they were ministers at the Government Equalities Office.