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University of Wolverhampton students to host equal marriage support day

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  1. Great to see more people actively supporting the campaign for civil rights and equal marriage.

    Other university LGBT societies and professional LGBT groups – time to sit up, take notice and act.

    1. But ON NO ACCOUNT must the Coalition for Marriage petition be allowed in Catholic schools.

    2. so its ‘great’ when students sign a C4EM petition but wrong when the sign C4M petition because that would be ‘partisab’. Hypocricy.

      1. Partisan or rather that C4M continues to offer a view that is bigoted and that we would expect in the dark ages the same arguments are being put forward today as were the racist arguments saying that inter racial marriage would be “curse to society” , ” end of civilisation ” , “etc”

      2. “Hypocricy.”

        A word you are more than familiar with, Ken

        Correctly spelt as Hypocrisy, by the way – you should actually try an education, rather than moaning about how smart people do not support your retrobate bigotry.

  2. Stuart Neyton 11 May 2012, 6:07pm

    that number of signatures is really impressive.

    On wednesday we took over a large area of Nottingham’s SU building to promote equal marriage, write messages and sign our banner and had laptops out for people to sign the C4EM petition online.

    The response was phenomenal, hundreds came up to sign the petition and the banner looked amazing in the end!

    http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/549449_3974539126466_1370196523_3543196_958227209_n.jpg

    1. Laura Jones 11 May 2012, 11:13pm

      That’s absolutely fantastic ^^

      Great work all round; it’s inspiring to see what others are doing in the call for equality :D

    2. As a Nottingham resident, you make me very proud! Well done.

      1. Stuart Neyton 13 May 2012, 12:09am

        thanks :)

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 11 May 2012, 6:11pm

    Wonderful! The younger generation will be the ones to get us full equality, no question about it. Now to get every university on board. I will contact my alma mater, University of London to find out what they’re doing.

  4. I studied a post graduate medical program at Wolverhampton Uni a couple of years ago. When I had problems with homophobia from staff (so bad the police were involved) the Uni was atrocious. In fact they punished me for complaining. They were totally unsupportive and unsympathetic. The Student Union there were brilliant though. Im glad to see the current students are challenging attitudes there.

    1. Laura Jones 11 May 2012, 11:15pm

      I’m so sorry to hear that you experienced problems with homophobia from staff; I think some of the problem traditionally has been ignorance as much as selected malevolent practice.

      Our student movement in the Union is currently undergoing a bit of a transformation to an LGBT+ society (from just LGBT) so that we can be fully representative of all students regardless of their minority sexual orientation or gender identity.

    2. Hi.. that is a disgrace, but it must have made the university change a ot of policies. I recently applied for a job there and out of all the universities I am applying for work in on the equality form it had a gender: Male, female, and transgender as a option..I was very impressed.

  5. Why do my comments keep getting deleted???

    1. They’re there!

      1. Oh yes! Doh!!

  6. Great to see Wolverhampton Uni students and staff collaborating on such an important equal rights issue.Good luck with the Awareness Day on Tuesday!

  7. Maggie stephenson 11 May 2012, 8:19pm

    Good luck Pliny see you soon love always xxx

  8. Sue Wilkinson 11 May 2012, 8:36pm

    Great stuff Pliny (and all) – keep up the good work! Hope other universities follow suit.

  9. Patrick Gallagher 11 May 2012, 9:02pm

    Keep up the good work all of you; I’m so glad to see such positive activism happening right here in the Midlands!

  10. Fantastic initiative, I hope other unis follow your example and enthuisiam!

    By the way what do the Wolverhampton MPs say about marriage equality. I note no one has sent in to the C4EM website how they are likely to vote

    http://www.c4em.org.uk/support-for-equal-marriage/

    There’s nothing for Emma Reynolds MP, Paul Uppal MP and Pat Mcfadden MP????

    1. Hiya John, there is a hyperlink in the article and i have posted the link below too
      http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Support_Gay_Marriage_in_the_UK
      Cheers

    2. Laura Jones 11 May 2012, 11:17pm

      It is unfortunate that Wolverhampton MPs haven’t contributed to C4EM.

      I cannot comment on their individual commitments however, but there was a lot of engagement before the rise in tuition fees trying to get them to support students.

  11. Laura Jones 11 May 2012, 11:11pm

    A big thank you to everyone who has commented so far; as always we urge you to share the petition with our friends:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Support_Gay_Marriage_in_the_UK

    It has been a very busy month working on this petition in the midst of multiple other student campaigns; but it is really impressive; not just to see what our own students can do-but what others can as well.

    A big thank you to Pink News for featuring this story and let’s look forward to Tuesday ^^

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 12 May 2012, 5:38pm

      Thanks, Laura. Signed!

  12. That’s amazing. We need more to do the same. I would be more than happy to pop by my college and sign and show that actually yes gay people DO want equal marriage. Come on UK Student Unions, follow Wolves example!!!

    1. Laura Jones 20 May 2012, 4:20pm

      That would be fantastic :)

      Thank you!

  13. Keith Farrell 12 May 2012, 10:49am

    Wish there was something like this running in Glasgow, I would be happy to man the booth, I’m not scared to stand up for my rights, same as I’m not scared to tell Christians that refuse to give us the same rights that they are not worthy of being called Christian. If there is please email me or call me 01415565029

    1. Keith, this is Glasgow SU’s number if you want to call them to organise a booth! 0141 339 8697

  14. Cracey Fernandes 12 May 2012, 4:08pm

    Equal Opportunities is made for all by God stop the stigma and discrimination and give to us what we deserve.

  15. Mike Clarke 12 May 2012, 4:13pm

    Nice to see other people finally taking an interest. Its been a lot of effort for Pliny and his tiny little team of supporters. I’m happy to say I’ve signed it and only wish i could do it more than once.

  16. If anyone need any more info , please feel free to drop me an e-mail on pliny@wlv.ac.uk :)
    Solidarity !

  17. Alex - IDAHO Committee 12 May 2012, 4:59pm

    It am delighted to see there has been such a positive response to this and that so many signatures have been gathered so quickly!

    Pressure must be put on the UK government to make marriage genuinely equal. Although a step in the right direction, the marriage consultation still fails to address the homophobia (and apparently the heterophobia) within the system.

    Well done to everyone at Wolverhampton University and I hope other institutions follow suit. The IDAHO (International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia) committee will publicise this to our followers. :)

    1. Laura Jones 20 May 2012, 4:21pm

      That’s great news, thank you so much :D

      We had quie a few questions about IDAHO, so it was great that the two ‘event’s (days) happened to cross with such proximity :3

  18. “Go into any coffee shop and talk to the staff, listen to the voices on the building sites — and you will see how the city is working as a magnet for talent and energy from outside the UK.” (Boris Johnson- The Telegraph)

    “Business has got addicted to immigration. It’s the first thing they look for — ‘We’ve got a problem, let’s bring someone in from abroad’.” It is not good enough, in his view, for bosses to say that a foreign candidate is better than a British one. “Individually it may be true that this candidate is better than that candidate but as a society that’s hopeless in the long run. We can’t carry on with a million people under the age of 24 entirely disconnected Damian Green MP (The Times).

    While foreign students are busy learning and gaining skills that would make them employment, our students are busy fighting to redefine marriage. No wonder, they have are so unemployable. Its really hopeless for these kids- no thanks to the stonewall & their cohorts.

    1. Its called a University, Ken. You should try one when you finally finish school.

  19. Laura Jones 13 May 2012, 1:03am

    Just to let everybody know, I set up a facebook events page 24 (or so) hours ago that is gathering some speed:

    http://www.facebook.com/events/458282807521969/permalink/459001660783417/?ref=notif&notif_t=like

    1500+ invitees in <24 hours

    It would be great for all the Pink News readers to share this with their friends through the medium of facebook ^^

  20. great job
    each and everyone should definitely have the same right.
    hpe the petition achieve its objective :)

    1. Laura Jones 20 May 2012, 4:22pm

      Thank you :D

  21. great job being done for equality best of luck n hope the petition will be a great success ^^

    1. Trying our best here

  22. The Catholic Church abdicated any moral authority over family issues when it failed to deal with paedophile priests, favouring silence instead.

  23. Laura Jones 20 May 2012, 4:18pm

    (All Pictures property of Laura Jones.)

    http://s1061.photobucket.com/albums/t466/UWSULGBTPlus/Equal%20Marriage%20Day%20150512/

    Here are some pictures from our sigining day, the event was a great success (especially considering the time of year).

    We have some exciting news! We shall be holding a stall at Birmingham pride 2012, so be sure to look out for us :D

  24. at the end of the day love is love and marrage is a symbol of celabrating that love between two people, marrage should be for all. should not be a judged debate on if you are a straight couple or a gay/lesbian couple. Church’s need to move with the times.

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