Calls for final push to support same sex marriage

Besi Besemar December 7, 2012

Ben Summerskill

Ben Summerskill, the chief executive at Stonwall, the LGB equality charity has written a letter to all their supporters calling for help in their final push to lobby the Government to agree the timescale for the promised same-sex marriage legislation.

In a letter to supporters he said:

“As we approach the festive season many will be reflecting on things that really matter to them – whether that’s their faith, their family or their friends.

But sadly, one small but noisy group of people – including some politicians and senior clerics – will be using the Christmas season to vehemently oppose a modest final step towards equality.

We’re expecting announcements soon from both the Westminster and Edinburgh Governments setting out their plans to extend the legal form of marriage to same-sex couples. We know that these proposals will be opposed at every stage by well-funded opponents of equality.

It’s with your help that we’ll continue to push to ensure that these plans are implemented before 2015. We’re also pressing both governments to go further than they originally suggested by allowing religious denominations to celebrate weddings should they wish, an extension of our 2010 ‘Alli amendment’.

Over the past 15 years we’ve seen 13 hard-won steps towards equality for Britain’s lesbian gay and bisexual people. It’s now time to secure this final piece of the legislative jigsaw. Some People Are Gay. Get on With It!”

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