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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg: I love that Britain is a place you can be gay and proud

  • Dave Page

    This was a great speech by Nick. I was in the audience, sat behind a couple of guys who’ve been together for nearly two decades – they’ve recently set their wedding date, on their 20th anniversary this autumn.

    As Nick spoke about same-sex marriage, they turned to each other and kissed. It was one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen.

    You can watch and read the rest of the speech at http://www.libdems.org.uk/watch_nick_clegg_s_speech_to_spring_conference_2014#

    • sJames6621

      and thanks to the brits whose equal marriage laws contributed to the astounding 105 to 18 vote for equal marriage under civil law in Scotland

      PN how about an update on the stories that said that CoE was planning to have blessings for already marriage under the law gay couples

      Various stories said it would, it wouldnt happen

      • atalanta

        ??? Scotland is part of Britain – at least for another year!

        Do you mean that the margin of the vote in the Scottish parliament was influenced by the Westminster vote on marriage in England and Wales?

        If anything, the English and Welsh should be thanking the Scots. Scottish Westminster MPs are allowed to vote even on bills which do not affect Scotland, and they contributed significantly to the “yes” vote in the UK parliament. Plus the Scottish determination to legislate seems to have jostled the UK government to stop dawdling over the English and Welsh legislation.

  • Cal

    Thanks, Nick. The Lib Dems have a splendid record on GLBT rights.

  • JackAlison

    Positive,upbeat and everything that needs to be said.
    There were no asterix, sunset clauses or maybes or apologia.
    Its a pure sincere celebration of modern UK society.
    The best of British fairness and equality.

  • Robert W. Pierce

    It was a great speech and for all its imperfections, the LibDems were the only party to officially endorse equal marriage as party policy. The other two didn’t. If it weren’t for LibDems, there would probably have been no legislation. True, it couldn’t have passed without massive Labour support but it was the LibDems who pushed it. According to ILGA, now that we have equal marriage, we’re still the number one country for fairness and equality for LGBT people anywhere in the world. More equality needs to be in place but we’ll get there, sooner than most others.

    • http://www.derekwilliams.net Derek Williams

      That is all true, however David Cameron also pledged support for marriage equality BEFORE the election, and went against his own party in the House to force it through.

  • http://www.derekwilliams.net Derek Williams

    Both Cameron and Clegg pledged to introduce same sex marriage, and it passed both houses with Royal Assent comfortably, despite grass roots Tory opposition. That was a resounding achievement, and laid to rest that last legislative barrier to full civil equality.

    We are a statistically tiny minority, and both Cameron and Clegg could survive perfectly well politically by ignoring us altogether and going after the majority hetero-normative vote. I, for one, appreciate their eloquent public statements of support for my rights, and for their landmark achievement in securing marriage equality.

    No-one would imagine that public acceptance is by any means ubiquitous, but high level political support certainly helps it along the way. More important and most relevant is how we live our lives, and the sort of example we set as good citizens, both for young LGBT, and for peope whose minds we seek to change about us.

    • Jones

      I doubt David Cameron would have started the gay marriage bill if the Conservatives were in majority government, it wasn’t in their manifesto. I think Nick was the secret drive behind this and deserves commendation.

      • http://www.derekwilliams.net Derek Williams

        Correct, and I concur re Clegg, however Cameron was vocal in his support and this cost him dear: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2179040/How-Mr-Camerons-obsession-gay-marriage-killing-Tory-party.html

        • Jones

          If he’s destroying the Conservative Party with his support for gay marriage then that’s a good thing.

          • http://www.derekwilliams.net Derek Williams

            Very few people or organisations are wholly good or wholly bad. My paternal family have always voted Conservative and I do not consider them wholly bad – after all they unreservedly accepted and supported me as a gay man from first they heard of it, 40 years ago, when it was a crime to have a same sex relationship. My mother’s family on the other hand are staunch SNP, and Labour before that. They too have stood by me all the way.

            I vote differently every time, depending on who’s offering what, and on their track record, especially what my local MP has done for me and for issues I hold dear.

          • Jones

            There is not much different between the big three parties at the moment. As long as you don’t vote UKIP, BNP or any of the other nasties then our rights will be upheld.

  • Jones

    So do I Nick. Thank you to you and all the MPs who made it a reality.

  • Lamia

    Talking about Russia and gay marriage is all very well, but it can’t alter that in the past few years things seem to have been going backwards, with rising homophobia, and rising tolerance for said homophobia when it comes from certain quarters, especially in our cities, and a draining away of support from the so-called ‘progressive’ left.

    The basic safety of LGBT people is far more important than stuff like gay marriage. I can indeed now get married. I am less confident than I was five or ten years ago that the authorities are serious about tackling homophobia.

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