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Simon Callow: I’m @Out4Marriage because I pay taxes and I’d like the same privildges as everyone else

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  1. DCBrighton 13 Dec 2012, 6:27pm

    A wonderfully succinct reason for equal marriage.

  2. Carl Rowlands 13 Dec 2012, 6:36pm

    I have argued for some time that if equality is an issue perhaps a lower rate of tax should apply to sexual minorities . Say 15% as opposed to 20%. I have worked all my life, had no children and paid in. If I am not good enough to have equal status I should be given a tax exemption.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 13 Dec 2012, 6:39pm

    Well, the bigots will say CPs give us all the rights and privileges of marriage, which they don’t, but they’ll use it with impunity.

    What needs to be put to the opposition is, if CPs were available, why wouldn’t they consider one and if not, why not, and what if government plans were to abolish marriage altogether and replace it with CPs would they have any objections since they claim they’re equal? I think the responses would be quite revealing don’t you?

    1. Which rights are you referring to that you’re not afforded with a CP

      1. If you ask me, the right to be treated as an equal member of society.

        A CP is not a marriage, no matter how you spin it. If it was, then it’d be called a marriage instead.

        As such, it is a seperate class of agreement and I personally find it demeaning to be forced into settling for that.

  4. ‘would like to have exactly the same privilege as everyone else in society who pays their taxes and are contributing members of society’

    Strip away all the bollox that is spouted about equality – What Mr Callow says is spot on – nuff said!

  5. Couold we please be told what the 13 Dec 2012, 7:43pm

    Headline writer needs to learn to spell.

  6. privildge?

    Sadly it would seem that the headline writer did not benefit from the privilege of an education.

  7. “to marry somebody in a church would be a criminal act is an astonishing …..”

    It reminds you of when homosexuality was a crime. Religion was the instigator of that too.

    1. You are actually taking that out of context. In this case, the instigator of it being a criminal act is the Government, this wasn’t the Church’s choice.

    2. It is a slight improvement when the law makes the church the criminal rather than the gay person.

  8. Jock S. Trap 14 Dec 2012, 2:36pm

    Quite right and Very well put Mr Callow!! :)

  9. “to marry somebody in a church would be a criminal act ”

    what utter drivel.it would not be a crime

    The vicar conducting the ceremony would probably be defrocked or something, and the marriage would not have legal status.
    nobody is going to be hauled before the beak or slung in pokey
    this talk of criminality is pure claptrap

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