David Cameron: ‘I want to export gay marriage around the world’

UK Prime Minister says other countries are going to want to copy how England and Wales legalized same-sex marriage at a LGBT reception at 10 Downing Street

David Cameron: ‘I want to export gay marriage around the world’
25 July 2013

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said he would like to ‘export’ same-sex marriage around the world.

The Conservative leader has spoken of his pride at legalizing equal marriage in England and Wales, claiming to be the only right-wing leader in any country to do so.

He was speaking at a reception for the LGBT community at 10 Downing Street, with invitees including TV presenter Clare Balding, Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill and Gay Star News.

Cameron said: ‘It is a great achievement. That’s not my measure; that is an internationally recognised measure. But there’s still a lot more work to be done.’

Thanking ministers, civil servants and campaigners, he said: ‘It’s been a real pleasure to work with you and to deliver this landmark social change for our country, which to me still comes back to the simple word of commitment.’

The Prime Minister added he had told the Bill team he was going to reassign them because ‘all over the world people would have been watching this piece of legislation and we’ve set something, I think, of an example of how to pass good legislation in good time.’

‘Many other countries are going to want to copy this,’ Cameron added. ‘And, as you know, I talk about the global race, about how we’ve got to export more and sell more so I’m going to export the bill team. I think they can be part of this global race and take it around the world.’

Despite saying parliamentary process was ‘long’ and ‘tortuous’, he said he was ‘personally proud’.

Cameron then claimed a mother came up to him in his constituency and said: ‘Why I’m so pleased about this is that I’ve got a straight son and a gay daughter, and I now know I’m going to be able to go to both of their weddings and that makes me really happy.’

During the event, Cameron together with his team of ministers behind the legislation signed a copy of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

They followed the lead of Queen Elizabeth II, who signed the bill into law on 18 July. The first same-sex weddings are expected to take place in summer 2014.

England and Wales are the 16th and 17th countries in the world to fully recognize same-sex marriage.



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