New Zealand’s prime minister John Key joins David Cameron in endorsing the essentially conservative move of extending the responsibilities of civil marriage to gay couples. Britain’s Tories, Canada’s conservatives and New Zealand’s National Party are now reconciled to marriage equality. Those countries are among the closest culturally to the US – but without the South. Which is why, one assumes, that Republican support in the US is increasing as in other countries – but at far lower rates than among Democrats and Independents. Democratic support has surged dramatically since Obama’s coming out. Independent backing in 2012 is roughly the reverse of 2004, with support for equality at 51 percent, compared with 40 percent opposed.