The Prime Minister David Cameron, who was unfortunately unable to attend yesterday’s PinkNews Awards has written today to share his congratulations to all of the winners.
I would like to congratulate all the winners of these inaugural awards held in the State Rooms at Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster yesterday evening. They are recognition of the hard work many have done in Parliament and across the country to support the LGBT community and bring about greater equality.
PinkNews has been at the forefront of that work and it’s fantastic that they are recognising those who have fought so hard and for so long.
I think few people expected a Conservative Prime Minister to introduce equal marriage, but I am proud to have done so.
It was right that we had the debate. And the great thing about that debate was that we didn’t just win the vote, we won the argument.
I am delighted that the love two people have for each other – and the commitment they want to make – is now recognised as equal. I think society is stronger when people commit to each other – and that commitment counts whether it’s between a man and a woman, or a man and a man, and a woman and a woman.
There will be girls and boys in school today who are worried about being bullied and concerned about what society thinks of them. By making this change they will see that Parliament believes their love is worth the same as anyone else’s love and that we believe in equality – and I think this will enable them to stand that bit taller and be that bit more confident.
Whilst we have made great progress we are not complacent. There is much still to do to address issues like bullying and homophobic crime. We will continue this work urgently – and I know that we will be supported and urged on in those endeavours by many of those at the PinkNews Awards yesterday evening.
David Cameron is Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party
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