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Video: Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls calls for equal religious marriage in @Out4Marriage video

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 29 May 2012, 1:14pm

    It just keeps getting better. Thank you, Ed Balls.

  2. Guys we need to share ALL these videos on facebook and twitters.

    Make as much noise in support of equal marriage so the government have no option but to continue through to legislation.

    It is a reality that the legislation could be delayed and dropped under new tory leadership, should it come to that.

    1. twitter*!

  3. Paddyswurds 29 May 2012, 1:31pm

    Talk about stirring the sh1t…that will really wind up the religious crazies. Good for Ed Balls….this shows he really has balls!

  4. Thank you Ed Balls.

    Have a nice Day.

  5. I think the story about his gay uncle makes this video a particularly good one…

    I think videos/comments by mums, dads, nephews etc of gay people affected by equal marriage are particulary powerful..

  6. Sister Mary Clarence 29 May 2012, 1:49pm

    Its just a pity he wasn’t so up for it when he and his colleagues where in government really.

    Although fair play to him now for supporting it

    1. Actually they WERE. Apparently they didn’t receive the support from Stonewall, who said there was no calling from the gay community for marriage.

      1. Sister Mary Clarence 29 May 2012, 4:10pm

        I seem to remember that good Catholic Tony Blair being very explicit that civil partnerships were not marriage. Not much pro-equal marriage sentiment from him.

        1. True Sister Mary, but good Catholic Blair did tell the Pope that Catholic teaching was wrong on homosexuality and that he was exceptionally proud of having brought in Civil Partnerships.
          [Blech... hate defending Blair on anything, but if he is going to be brought up in connection with gay equality, it should be in a balanced fashion.]

          1. Sister Mary Clarence 30 May 2012, 1:53am

            Mmmm Robert that was helpful then wasn’t it. The time for him to be supporting it was when he was Prime Minister surely

      2. New Aussie 30 May 2012, 5:06am

        Get real please, in 2004 when the relevant legislation was being passed it was made crystal clear by the Tories and the cross benches in the lords as well as the bishops that they would oppose absolutely and totally any moves towards gay marriage. So the labour party was left with a dilemma: it was clear that something had to be done to stop bereaved LGBT people being deprived of their houses or blocked from hospital visitation but just as clear that by calling it “marriage” it could take years to bring in with so many powerful groups opposed. Generally and to their credit the labour party consulted with Stonewall and has been alluded to above Stonewall advised against gay marriage and in favour of civil partnerships. Many of us in Labour argued in favour of full gay marriage, but the policy was set for pragmatic reasons as civil partnerships.

        It takes a special degree of cynicism for Tories to present this as in some way homophobic when it was clearly anything but.

  7. Ed Balls has been relatively consistent with regards to support for equality so, for once, I’m really just glad to see this. Good on you Ed!

    See I can say something nice about someone from Labour!

    1. New Aussie 30 May 2012, 5:09am

      Absolutely, both Balls and his wife have been longtime strong supporters of gay rights, even when to be so was regarded as politically risky. Unlike calamity Cameron who only relatively recently stopped being vociferously and consistently opposed to any pro gay policy.

  8. Robert in S. Kensington 29 May 2012, 2:08pm

    I’d like to see all of these videos given some air time on all t.v. channels to widen exposure for support.

  9. Great Video. Ed Balls speaks with real integrity on equality issues.

    Tweets sent!

  10. Scott Lovely 29 May 2012, 2:48pm

    I think we should get the opportunity to marry, but also keep civil partnerships, both for gay and straight people, like the French do with their PACS, so that people who do not want to marry can also have protections.

    Civil partnerships are very popular, but I don’t think getting married will be quite as popular, so we should retain that option.

    1. PACS isn’t the same as CPs. PACS is a contract drawn up between 2 people , assets are split, you can easily get out of them, you don’t have adoption rights, you don’t have inheritance rights….You’re comparing 2 different things, which one do you want?

      There’s not much point having straight CPs (personally I don’t think gay ones have any merit as well) since they’re not providing anyhting new to straight people. If you suggesting bringing in something like a French PACS for all then I’m all for it but CPs I find is just a waste of time.

  11. This is the same man that drafted Amendment 70 in Schools, Children Family Act which allowed faith schools to teach PSHE in a way “consistent” with their religion ie Abortion, contraception and homosexuality are all sins rather then discuss the issues and provide information where students can get help.

    Don’t trust this man as far as I could throw him.

    1. Jock S. Trap 29 May 2012, 6:18pm

      Is it the one and only, yes James.

      Can’t stand the man and get the impression he can say what he likes in opposition. Glad he’s for it but Labour at the last election that there was no need for talk about marriage equality as civil partnerships were enough… so said Gordon Brown and the like.

  12. Archbishop Cranberry 29 May 2012, 3:24pm

    Here is a moving story of suffering of some lesbian couples during the Khmer Rouge, and their ultimate acceptance as family units, seen as married by their village chief.

    http://yawningbread.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/love-and-survival-through-khmer-rouge-years/#more-7194

  13. Jamie Leeson 29 May 2012, 5:28pm

    I think we’d get closer to equal marriage if Ed Balls DIDN’T support it!

  14. Jock S. Trap 29 May 2012, 6:22pm

    Can’t stand the man but credit where it’s due… however it doesn’t talk much to see with some religions as they are religious marriage needs to be off the wanting for now to focus on civil marriage or else religions will just hold us up for years with legal bullsh!t.

    Guess it’s easy to say when your in opposition.

    1. Stick in your throat to recognise true support?

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