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Public debate on ‘gay marriage’ in Brighton’s gay village

Besi Besemar May 12, 2013

WEB.600Changing Attitude Sussex will stage a debate on gay marriage on Friday, June 21 at 8pm at St Mary’s Church on the corner of St James’ Street and Rock Gardens, Kemptown, Brighton, in the heart of the gay village.

The principal speakers will be Simon Kirby, MP for Kemptown, and Brighton councillor Christina Summers.

Simon Kirby has been an outspoken longstanding committed supporter of equal marriage.

Earlier this year, he said:

“I support equality because I believe the institution of marriage strengthens families and society, and I think that the benefits of a legally defined marriage should not be excluded to anyone because of their sexuality.

“I will be doing my utmost to support the cause of equal marriage in Parliament in the weeks and months ahead.”

Christina Summers is now an independent Brighton councillor after she was controversially expelled from the Green Party because of her opposition to same-sex marriage, based on her Christian convictions.

During a council debate on the issue, she declared:

“When you touch marriage, you’re hitting at the very heart of God, and I have an enormous problem with that.”

The supporting speaker for gay marriage will be the Rev David Page, and a colleague of Councillor Summers will also speak against.  There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions and raise issues with the speakers.

Everybody is welcome and entrance is free.

Event: Gay Marraige Debate

Where: St Mary’s Church, St James Street, Kemptown

When: June June 21

Time: 8pm

Cost: Entry is free