Prime Minister and Conservative Party Leader David Cameron says implementing equal marriage means gay and lesbian students “will be able to see that Parliament believes their love is the same as anyone else’s love.”
Writing in the official Pride guide about the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales, Mr Cameron said: “There will be girls and boys in school today who are worried about being bullied and concerned about what society thinks of them because they are gay or lesbian. By making this change they will be able to see that Parliament believes their love is the same as anyone else’s love and that we believe in equality. I think this will enable them to stand that bit taller, be that bit more confident and I am proud of that.”
Ahead of this weekend’s Pride in London celebrations, senior politicians have been showing solidarity with the LGBT community.
Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg said the pending arrival of equal marriage in England, Wales and Scotland means this weekend’s Pride in London will be a “landmark” event.
In an exclusive article for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Equalities, Yvette Cooper, said: “Nothing better captures the triumph of celebration over discrimination, and the spirit of Pride, than the London Gay Men’s Chorus lobby of the House of Lords last month.
She also said: “more needs to be done to tackle homophobia in schools.”
Meanwhile, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, also urged for an end to homophobia in the workplace and schools, saying: “[London] has been at the forefront of the drive towards equality, but let’s not rest on our laurels – of course more needs to be done to tackle prejudice and discrimination. This means standing up against homophobic bullying in the workplace, schools and elsewhere.