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Diane Abbott: ‘Momentous’ equal marriage bill will improve the lives of so many

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  1. Great speech. I hope she’s right!

  2. John Mulholland 22 May 2013, 2:29am

    Remarkable speech. Remarkable woman. As a gay man, I find myself in awe of such as Ms. Abbott.

  3. Diane Abbott is my MP, and I’m not a massive fan, however her speech was spot on.

    This legislation is more than just equality for adults – as she said, it’s also about the teenagers who are struggling with their sexuality. They can go to sleep feeling more accepted in society.

  4. Maurice Hall 22 May 2013, 2:47am

    I am from a country where you can get mauled to death for being gay. I am not in DA Constituency, never been a fan to be honest, but she is right, she has always been a HR Campaigner and on this issue, her unyielding support is correct. In a few years we will all be wondering what the fuss is really about. The fact is Britain should be a world leader, its is lagging behind so many other countries in this regard. We should have had Marriage Equality instead of the HRA :) I am Black, gay, and a barrister.

  5. What I can’t understand is how Diane Abbott can ‘respect’ the opposing views of her constituents who come from countries where gay people are severely punished or live in fear of their lives.

    These people come to the UK for the freedom and opportunities it brings them. It is they who should be respecting Ms Abbotts’ stance.

    1. Because she’s not going to last very long in politics if she says, “Get lost bigot. Go back to your homophobic hellhole country to lynch the gays OMGBBQ11!!!!” is she?

      Although I appreciate your point.

  6. Jacob Dugan-Brause 22 May 2013, 10:56am

    Heard her speech and felt I was hearing the future of her career — reconciling constituency and conscience beautifully.

    As to her prediction of the bill’s importance? It will have massive benefit to future generations of LGBT people, if not us today.

    How dare we ever forget how important love is to all of us? Marriage equality has the power it has because love declared is so powerful and finding it so necessary to our happiness and purpose.

    Those who stand in its way are trying to hold back the light of a beautiful dawn.

    Blessings on all of us as we step toward having our lives and our love welcomed by our families, our communities, and some day, our faiths.

    Thank you, Ms Abbott.

  7. I didn’t really used to like Diane Abbott but lately she seems to be developing into one of the most reasonable politicians in the country.

    Diane Abbott for future labour leader? Perhaps…

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