Choice of partners is often restricted by limits, not laws

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As the debate rumbles on about gay marriage, Nick Clegg made the blanket pronouncement last month that ‘freedom to love who you choose is a fundamental right in liberal society.’

Lib Dems enjoy rolling out these platitudes, but it is unclear how much they have really advanced social freedoms.

Many (if not most) people discover that their choice of potential life-partners is restricted, not by laws, but by limits on their social or economic status.

Isn’t Clegg part of the coalition that priced a whole chunk of society out of attending university? The social mobility academia offers is now closed to many bright young people, as well as the pool of kindred spirits they might have met.