Stonewall pleads for gays to say ‘I do’ to same-sex marriage

With two weeks left until UK government consultation ends, Stonewall appeals for supporters to balance out religious bigots on same-sex marriage

Stonewall pleads for gays to say ‘I do’ to same-sex marriage
31 May 2012

Campaigners have just two weeks left to get gay rights supporters to take part in the UK government’s consultation on same-sex marriage.

Britain’s leading lesbian, gay and bisexual campaign organization, Stonewall, has sent out a final appeal for people to take part in the consultation which ends on 14 June.

Technically the UK government is only consulting about how to introduce gay civil marriage equality in England and Wales, rather than if they should make the move.

But the consultation so far has been dominated by religious-right opponents to gay equality – even though religious organizations wouldn’t be allowed to marry same-sex couples even if they wanted to.

The government has promised to introduce equal marriage by 2015. The proposal was not included in the recent Queen’s Speech, which sets out the parliamentary agenda for the year, but Stonewall is lobbying the government to press ahead with implementing its promise in the next 12 months in any case.

Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘Opponents of this modest proposal have compared same-sex relationships to bestiality, child abuse and polygamy. That sort of vitriol means it’s essential that every single person who supports equality makes his or her voice heard.

‘Thousands of bigots are doing everything they can to wreck this final step towards full equality for 3.3 million gay people in England and Wales. If you support equal marriage, it’s not enough to just talk or tweet about it. Responding to the consultation takes less than five minutes, but it could improve millions of people’s lives forever.’

Stonewall has its own guide to completing the government’s consultation which includes a link to the consultation and details of Stonewall’s response. The charity has also created Facebook banners and profile pictures people can use to encourage their friends and family to complete the consultation.

You can also take part in the consultation directly here. It is easy to complete with multiple-choice questions, although you can add additional remarks if you wish.

A separate consultation has already taken place in Scotland where proposals differ, allowing religious organizations to offer gay weddings if they wish to, although it would not be compulsory. The Scottish government is expected to announce the results soon.



No thumbnail available

The Fall’s Archie Panjabi: director told me to ‘hold back’ during Gillian Anderson lesbian scene

Star discusses sexy scene with X Files legend; says it prompted her to quit 'The Good Wife'
No thumbnail available

Georgia changes policy on trans prisoners' hormone treatment

Department of Justice calls refusal of treatment 'cruel and unusual' 
No thumbnail available

Obama's support of gay marriage gets strong reaction from both sides

US president's historic stance is praised and criticised
No thumbnail available

Cher confirms new album, working with Jake Shears

LGBT ally is excited over the release of her brand new record, scheduled for September
No thumbnail available

Murderer who stabbed man for being ‘queer’ on the run from UK prison

Police are asking people to report, but not to approach, the two men under any circumstances as they are considered extremely dangerous
No thumbnail available

ABC sitcom Work It under fire from LGBT groups

ABC's sitcom Work It  is under fire from LGBT groups who say it makes punchline of transgender workplace challenges 
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Egypt proceeds with prosecution of 26 men arrested in bathhouse

After being paraded in front of film cameras during the nighttime raid earlier this month, many of the men wept as they were led into court to face charges of ‘debauchery’
No thumbnail available

Lisa Kudrow: RuPaul, The Comeback and why gay men are ‘superior beings’

The former Friends actor offers a biological argument for gay men being ‘superhuman’, and talks about the possibility of a judging appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race for her character, Valerie Cherish
No thumbnail available

Famed Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand impressionist Jim Bailey dies at 77

Actor-singer got his start on The Ed Sullivan Show