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  1. Thank you Thanet council.

    Time your MP sat up and took notice and recognised his bigotry.

    Equality is coming, the juggernaut is en route. Its coming and dinosaurs like Gale and his cronies either get out of the way or get obliterated by the unstoppable juggernaut.

  2. Absolutely huge thanks for all the work put into this. You’ve done Kent proud!

  3. Such a heart warming story :D my grandmother lived in Ramsgate and its so nice to hear of something nice from your roots :)

  4. if this was my constituency I would have given her a piece of my mind on the matter. I already have done to my Tory MP, who hopefully is coming around to the idea.

    You do not alienate people especially those that have voted for you to represent them.

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Apr 2012, 4:53pm

    ‘The Conservatives spoke of marriage being for procreation and of morality not being a matter for local government. One Councillor asserted that she would not vote because she hadn’t consulted with all of her constituents.’

    Now we know what we’re up against if and when an equal civil marriage bill ever reaches Parliament. I suspect the majority of the Tories will vote against it and are quite prepared to see their party lose the 2015 election. They won’t get my vote if that happens.

    1. perhaps a public debate needs to be held where cllrs stay sturm and the constituents raise their points then all cllrs can hear what has to be said by their constituents much better then it all being private and hush hush. No way a counciller can attempt to side with both people.

  6. Well done Thanet Council for taking a lead and showing the country the right way to go.

  7. bobbleobble 20 Apr 2012, 5:07pm

    Wish they’d stop saying that Thanet is the second council to vote in favour, Manchester was second back in March!

    Still well done to them although it is worth noting that Thanet is Labour run as are Southwark and Manchester. Nothing as yet from a Tory or Lib Dem run council.

    I suspect more councils will get involved following the local elections.

    Also not surprised to hear that local government has nothing to do with morality – well certainly not if my local council is anything to go by!

  8. Even though the Tories have an official policy of support for marriage equality, it’s quite clear that the rank and file Tories are not on board and if you just barely scratch the surface there is a very intense and very ugly, though mostly hidden from view, homophobia percolating.

    1. What makes you say that the Tories have an official policy of support for marriage equality? Support wasn’t in their manifesto, investigation was. The Government are doing it, but the Lib Dems are the only major party with an official policy of support.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Apr 2012, 6:41pm

        Without the Liberal Democrats, there would be NO consultation taking place and Cameron would not have declared support for equal marriage last October, make no mistake about that.

    2. New Aussie 21 Apr 2012, 2:17am

      The Tories do not have a policy on gay marriage. The Coallition, an important distinction, does have a policy on the consultation that may (actually will) lead to a policy on gay marriage. These policies actually came from the LibDem part of the coalition and were a condition of the agreement after the election. Although several prominent cabinet members have declared their support for it, it is not party policy and it is clear that backbenchers, Tory councillors, Tory lords and Tory MEPs are implacably opposed to any form of gay rights. This is actually a big problem for Cameron as he tries to modernise and detoxify the party. In a way he is saved by the coalition. If he had one outright he would have found it next to impossible to accomplish anything for gay rights

  9. this is a great story – well done thanet council – showing others how equality and diversity is done in the 21st century!

  10. Go Thanet!

  11. Staircase2 20 Apr 2012, 6:57pm

    Well said, Sheree!
    And well said, Thanet!

  12. David Waite 20 Apr 2012, 9:02pm

    Congratulations on a job well done. I hope your example is an inspiration to the entire United Kingdom.

  13. Nice to hear some good news for a change!

  14. Andy Brettell 21 Apr 2012, 10:53am

    As I have written elsewhere, Thanet District Council has lit a beacon for decency and commonsense. For true Equality.
    Let’s hope Julian Brazier and the homophobic Canterbury City Council are able see the light!

    1. Kevin Avery 2 May 2012, 11:56pm

      I’m proud to say i was one of the people there supporting equality for all .
      I’m not gay but that shouldn’t make any difference as this is about human rights everyone deserves the right to equality .

  15. Great news, very happy.

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