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Yvette Cooper: Now time for parliament to ‘get on’ with legalising equal marriage

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  1. Agreed.

    I do not want to see another quote or statement from Cameron or Clegg about marriage equality.

    I want to see a draft bill before parliament,

    Immediately – there’s no reason why not after all.

    By dragging this out so endlessly the religious bigots have spewed such a volume of their typical disgusting hatred, that this cannot be allowed to continue.

    1. Dave North 7 Dec 2012, 7:02pm

      Ah but by dragging this out it has given the religious the opportunity to show just how stupid, mean spirited and illogical they are.

      I think this has actual helped our cause as people now see them for what they are.

      Discrimination and bigotry are still discrimination and bigotry no matter which holy book you hide it behind.

    2. I’d like to see less talk about it by a party that made no attempt at it in the 13 years they were in power. Frankly labour are just embarrassing themselves at this point.

      Let the religious spew as much as they want, hell I’d be the first to give them a platform and a megaphone. It’s not a popular public opinion and they’re not popular in the public eye the minute. Why wouldn’t you want to give them the rope they ask for when they’ll just hang themselves with it?

  2. barriejohn 7 Dec 2012, 6:01pm

    Yvette Cooper was a member of the the Labour Cabinet from 2008 until 2010, so it’s a bit rich for her to complain about the lack of progress being made over this matter!

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 7 Dec 2012, 6:32pm

      Indeed. Let’s not forget that it was a Labour Government under Tony Blair that did not want to go the way of equal marriage as other countries had done for fear of upsetting the Church of England. StonewallUK colluded and if my memory serves me well, did not think that same-sex marriage was necessary and that most gays didn’t want it. How wrong he was and so too was Blair.

      1. I think everyone has forgotten very quickly what the state of gay equality legislation was like when labour came to power. They made huge advances and weren’t afraid to use their large majority to do so even with a soon to be catholic, prime minister at the helm.

        There was huge opposition to civil partnerships but it was a stepping stone to gay marriage.

        1. barriejohn 7 Dec 2012, 9:42pm

          You can’t criticise the Labour Party on this site, can you?

          1. “You can’t criticise the Labour Party on this site, can you?”

            Yes if you get your facts right. No if you are just into dogma and party bashing for it’s own sake.

            What did I say that was not true?

          2. barriejohn 8 Dec 2012, 9:31am

            And what did I say that wasn’t true? All we got after thirteen years of Nu Labour was civil partnerships, so Cooper should keep her trap shut. I’m warming to Cameron, and Maria Miller has been a revelation since she was appointed. Still won’t make me vote Tory, though!

          3. Pointing out that they refused to consider gay marriage is poor form. You’re supposed to side step the issue then criticize Cameron for not getting it legislated less than 12 seconds after he announced his support.

      2. It’s very clear what New Labour did for us. There was no way they could wade in demanding civil marriage 10 years ago when even Stonewall was against them! They took a huge first step to equality. There is such venomous opposition even now to equal marriage. Labour were being tactical and I believe Cameron is too. Know your enemy. It’s not them. It is the churches and the old guard. Hats off to Tony Blair and hats off to the coalition too.

  3. Robert Brown 7 Dec 2012, 7:12pm

    Once again . . . a bit rich for Ms Cooper, Mr Balls, Mr Miliband etc to start talking about ‘equality’ when they failed to give us that when they had 13 years in power . . . GREAT that Lynne Featherstone MP and now Jo Swinson MP are completing the botch-job that Labour started . . .

  4. Yes… stop dancing around the issue to appease the anti-brigades, just get on with it and say “Look, we’re bringing in this, if you don’t like it, tough. Get used to it.”

    The anti-folk can keep plucking up excuses and reasons not to allow for all they like. Change is coming.

  5. GingerlyColors 8 Dec 2012, 6:44am

    The government needs to move swiftly on legalising same-sex marriage. The electorate (the vast majority of whom are not gay) obviously want the government to deal with other important business such as sorting out the economy, Europe, immigration and other things that concern them. If they start thinking that this government are spending too much time on the issue of same-sex marriage then they could become resentful.

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