Pop girl group The Saturdays have spoken of their delight that the UK is heading nearer towards equal marriage.
Mollie King, Frankie Sandford, Rochelle Wiseman, Una Healy, and Vanessa White are currently in the states and hoping to break into the American pop mainstream.
When asked about last month’s House of Commons vote on the same-sex marriage bill, Rochelle told LGBT publication the Advocate: “We couldn’t be more pleased but at the same time, we can’t believe it’s taken this long. There are so many people on our team in same-sex relationships and it’s plain wrong that we can get married to our partners, but they don’t have the same basic right.
“Countries like Canada and certain US states legalised gay marriage a while back, and thank goodness the UK is coming to its senses. Our single ‘What About Us’ says, ‘it’s been a long time coming’ I think it could be the theme song to the new law.”
Speaking of the band’s gay fans, Vanessa White said: “We’ve been lucky enough to have a significant LGBT fanbase from day one when we supported Girls Aloud on their ‘Tangled Up’ tour. We always feel a real connection to our gay fans – I think there’s something about girl bands that strikes a chord with a GLBT audience. Maybe it’s the fashion, or maybe it’s because our music is all about being yourself and having a great time. Or maybe it’s because of the drama you get with five girls in one band.”
Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy PM Nick Clegg told PinkNews last December that he was hopeful the first same-sex marriages would be able to take place by the summer of 2013.
The Coalition Government has already set a deadline of the end of the current parliament to introduce equal marriage in England and Wales.
The bill is currently being scrutinised by the Public Bill Committee of the House of Commons. After the Commons committee has completed its work the bill will then be subjected to another vote (third reading) by MPs and it will then undergo a similar process of approval in the House of Lords.