I’m a “marriage equality campaigner” and this does NOT solve the issues throw up by the apartheid system now in place, one this Coalition plans to strengthen. Transgendered couples in which one person transitions after marriage or a civil partnership are STILL discriminated against. Those married aboard do not get like for like recognition. And it’s still a special law for LGB people and a different one for straight people.
This is not equality at all. All it is is a recognition, finally, that LGBT people have the right to religious freedom. That’s all.
It’s a shame she isn’t saying a step closer to gay marriage, Nick’s Clegg message today was
Sat, 03 Jul 2010
The Leader of the Liberal Democrats celebrates London Pride’s 40th anniversary.
Pride London is a special event with a proud tradition of 40 years – fighting, working and protesting for change, for recognition, for equality.
The Liberal Democrats are passionate supporters of equality for the LGBT community and strong supporters of Pride London. That’s why we have been clear on opposing Section 28, supporting equal adoption rights, promoting civil partnerships, PUSHING FOR GAY MARRIAGE, working against homophobic bullying and banning discrimination in the workplace.
I’m especially proud that the in the new Government it is Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone who is the new Minister for Equalities. In Lynne you have an effective champion who will work for equality for all.
For all those who say that Civil Partnerships are the same as marriage:
Lord Tebbit, a former Tory party chairman who spoke out against same-sex unions in churches in the Lords, said: “I wouldn’t want anything done to add to the PRETENCE that a civil partnership is a marriage.”
You can find this quote along with other statements that make it clear that Civil Partnerships are not only not the same as marriage but they were purposefully established to be a clearly “less than” alternative institution for gays, here:
Notice how they even put the “not really” quotes around the word “marriage” when talking about the possibility of same-sex “marriage”.
What ballocks Peter H talks ! Cut the crap. The bishop of Exxeter is no better.
and yet more borlocks
With all due respect – **** OFF!
How DARE you try to foist some meaningless crumbs at us?
I want equal access to the legal contract of civil marriage, on the same basis as a heterosexual couple.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Does anyone actually know of any gay people (apart from those homophobes at Stonewall) who is excited by the news that their church might allow them to register their 2nd class relationship?