1992 Peter Tatchell and Outrage! challenge same-sex marriage ban

In 1992, the former Gay Liberation Front (GLF) member Peter Tatchell, together with colleagues and members of the newly formed OutRage! organised the first challenge to the ban on same-sex civil marriage.

As part of the campaign, five same-sex couples filed marriage licence applications at Westminster Register Office in London on 19 March.

Although they were refused, Peter notes that this was the “opening shot in the long campaign for equal marriage.”


(credit: Stephen Mayes / OutRage!)

OutRage! was first founded in 1990. Although it has been a controversial group throughout its time, criticised in the past for “outing” closeted individuals and supporting “racist” ideals, Outrage! still remains a politically active group to this day.

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