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UK: 22 cases of LGBT people made to enter into forced marriages in 2012

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  1. Jock S. Trap 6 Mar 2013, 11:35am

    This needs to be stamped out too so agree with David Cameron. There is no place in British society for these kinds of arranged marriages, forced marriages.

    David Cameron does need to go one step further though and remind All that the UK law openly accepts Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual people as a matter of respect, who we are and who we have relationships with. Also the equality in marriage that is coming.

  2. A “Forced Marriage Unit”! I’m impressed. I am certain it is needed. I used to have Muslim students in some of my classes and occasionally I was as certain as I could be that a few of them were gay or lesbian. But at the same time I could see their fear, since they felt compelled to mingle socially with other Muslim students, to follow their code.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 6 Mar 2013, 1:45pm

    I’m sure the C4M and Christian Concern group of hatemongers would disagree with Cameron. I’m waiting for the abuse of religious freedom card coming into play.

    I hope legislation is passed swiftly to stamp it out. I take it these are hindu, sikh or islamic marriages?

  4. Oh yes! Religion has a LOT to answer for ….

  5. What a shockingly large number. I feel very sorry for anyone forced into a marriage, but for someone who’s gay it must be so hard – and for their spouse too.

    It’s a pointless exercise guaranteed to make all parties miserable, so what’s the point?

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 6 Mar 2013, 4:56pm

      I was under the impression that a marriage is only lawful if both parties enter into it freely and willingly, not by someone who is fearful of family reprisals. The impediment would of course be because of sexual orientation, but If someone is forced because of cultural/religious traditions, then surely, under British law, such a marriage would be unlawful and illegal? A law to stamp it out should be enacted immediately, not months and months of deliberation in Parliament and subject to long-winded committee hearings that we’re seeing with the equal marriage bill.

      1. its just not a valid marriage, its not a criminal act, yet..

  6. It does need to be stamped out and I am glad to see the government are on this.
    But I thought it was illegal to force people into marriage anyway in the UK.

    Ok just had a quick look on google and found this from 2008!!! And it has to be said…it’s not working as we’re always hearing about young Muslim girls etc who have been beaten or killed because of forced marriage!

    So if it’s not working with straight couples, then how do they expect to make it work for gay men and women? How do you police something like this?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7747267.stm

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