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Two weeks remain for public consultation on marriage equality in England and Wales

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  1. We all probably need to write to our MPs and sign any petitions as well…

    lots of MPs have commented that they have had very, very many letters from the anti and very few from the pro and some are making their decision based on that!

    by the way just went into the consultation and it said service unavailble…is it just my computer?

  2. I tried the link given by Pink News, but it doesn’t (at present) link to the consultation. It merely links to a Home Office page with lots of other links, one of which is “Equal civil marriage consultation” – but that is faulty. Sabotaged?

      1. Thanks – that worked ok

  3. Yes everyone needs to write to their MP, complete the Home office survey and encourage those that support equal marriage to do the same.

    Its important that as loud a voice as is possible is heard.

    However, do not get disillusioned – this is not about seeking a majority in the consultation (although it would be nice!). This is about reassuring the government that their plans to ensure human rights and equality is the right thing to do.

    Largely that battle of minds and some hearts has been won.

    Of course people should still contribute and encourage others to do the same – but those who have done so, do not get disillusioned by reports on volumes. In any event, am intrigued how PT knows the figures as in an interview last week Lynne Featherstone said the collation had not begun and she did not know the size of response or what the response to the consultation said.

  4. Spanner1960 31 May 2012, 2:20pm

    …and then another God knows how long before they decide what to do, and then even longer to implement it if it does happen.

    I’ve seen geological ages quicker than this.

  5. Thank goodness this offensive ‘consultation’ is closing soon.

    Equality is not a matter of ‘consultation’; it is a a matter of human decency.

    Marriage equality needs to be introduced in 2012. There is no reason for any delay on this matter.

    (And Callmedave needs to grow a spine and introduce a party whip for it – the the neo-fascist scum like Nadine Dorries and Edward Leigh etc etc defect to their natural home – the BNP).

    1. Strange to ask public opinion if the government’s stated intention isn’t ‘if’ equal-marriage should be introduced but ‘how’. I thought consultations were standard, open-government process for all laws but it seems not. Was there a public consultation to change the monarchy succession law allowing first-born females to take the crown? Or did the government skip it because it was obviously the right thing to do?

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 31 May 2012, 3:44pm

    I’ve signed everything that needs to be signed and written to several MPs, in addition I’ve had family and straight friends sign the government and C4EM petition. However, I don’t think another two weeks is going to match or surpass the opposition’s numbers that have already been registered. Our side wasn’t as prepared or well organised months before the consutlation began unlike our foes at C4M. Either way, let’s hope this won’t have any negative impact on the final outcome although the opposition will make plenty of hay out of it once the numbers are announced and use it with impunity to derail equal marriage going forward even though I think they will utlimately fail. A lot of wasted time and effort on their part in the end. Then we can look back and gloat at them once it passes. Our biggest obstacle yet is the House of Lords where it could be in jeopardy in which event I hope the Government will invoke the Parliament Act.

    1. Staircase2 31 May 2012, 6:52pm

      What you mean you’ve ‘written to several MPs’…?

      The whole point of MPs is that they are only there as representatives for their constituents – clogging up their inbox with messages from people who don’t even vote for them is a waste of time and is likely to only hurt the process…

      1. I’m not answering for Robert in S. Ken. but I think there are circumstances in which it is acceptable to write to more than one MP. I think many students, for example, have two MPs as they can vote in their home constituency and in the constituency of their uni. Also, I think it is acceptable to write to the PM David Cameron and pertinent cabinet ministers (e.g., Home Secretary, Equalities Minister). I agree that it is not right to write to random MPs without such justification though. They probably would ignore such contacts anyway.

      2. I’m with Tom and Robert on this one.

        When the issue is one of human rights I am all for every message and method being used to influence positively those who represent us (whether they are our personal representatives or not!)

        1. Equality Network 1 Jun 2012, 9:32am

          People in Scotland have lots of Parliamentary reps to write to. Everyone has one MP, and eight MSPs. Since the Scottish Govt have not yet decided whether to support equal marriage, it’s really important to write to your MSPs too, which you can do here:

  7. I don’t think this consultation has been thought through at all well. I was particularly surprised that it was anonymous and that personal details were not required to complete it (as is the case for the C4EM petition) so that only registered British voters could have one opportunity for completing it. It is, in fact, perfectly possible for a single person to submit 10,000 responses (or more) to this consultation. I’ve done it half a dozen times. I bet bigot organizations – who are very well funded – have had staff on full-time duty filling it in over and over again. But what if they have and it gleans more negative responses than positive? I thought the consultation was about ‘how’ rather than ‘whether’ to introduce marriage equality.

    1. So can people in other countries fill it in?

      1. It limits who can fill it in. You can’t fill it in twice from the same computer. I don’t know if it is limited to UK IP addresses or not.

  8. Michael Inkpin-Leissner 31 May 2012, 11:55pm

    Please guys I want to marry my husband (now still only civil partner). But I would like to make a strong stand, that where the religious community choose to, there should the religious marriage of same sex couples possible! Those who oppose this… who are are you to oppose the gift of love that was given by God to me and my partner? Shame on you! my you be unhappy all your life!

  9. I know a lot of people think that it is disgusting that they are having a consultation on whether to do anything is wrong, but as long as it is done cleanly and by the book, anti-equality supporters will have no ground to stand on.

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