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Peter Tatchell: Tory opponents to equal marriage are a ‘bigoted’ minority

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  1. Excellent contribution on the dawn of the big debate, Peter. Well done!

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 4 Feb 2013, 5:49pm

    Absolutely right, Peter. Thank you.

  3. A very good contribution from Peter Tatchell.

    In his recent interview on Sky News, it became apparent that he has played a crucial role in getting the Conservative Party on board with equal marriage. He has done a fantastic job.

    Although I don’t think Peter’s timing re the call for hetero civil partnerships is ideal, (even though I have always believed he has been right in principle about this,) I now think he deserves to be cut some slack about this, as without his intervention and hard work, there probably wouldn’t be any vote on equal marriage tomorrow.

    Well done, Peter, and thank you.

  4. Suddenly Last Bummer 4 Feb 2013, 6:21pm

    FFS, you don’t say Pete, you don’t say. We can always rely on Tatch to state the bleeding obvious.

  5. I got married just over a month ago; I took my right to do so very much for granted. I can’t imagine how I might have felt if I had been banned on the grounds of being left-handed or over fifty. I fully support the right of others to make that same commitment to their partner.

    Nevertheless, equal marriage throws up a range of difficult – and legally quite interesting – questions about related issues such as adultery, consummation, jurisdiction, etc. These are real questions, and they will have to be answered, either in legislation or in case law, which will be enormously lucrative for lawyers.

    I support equal marriage, but I do not trust this government to introduce it responsibly, or in a way which will not cause some gay people – and perhaps some straight people – considerable anguish and expense should they later wish to divorce,

    Opposition to this bill should not automatically be assumed to equate to opposition to equal marriage.

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