Labour’s Campaign for Equal Marriage
Labour strongly believes that gay and lesbian couples should have an equal right to marry and deserve the same recognition from the state and society as anyone else. Couples who love each other and want to make a long-term commitment to each other should be able to marry, regardless of their gender or their sexuality.
The campaign comes in response to the launch of the Government’s Equal Civil Marriage consultation, which is intended to come into force by 2015.
Kate said: “All couples who love and want to commit to each other ought to have the choice to marry. Labour introduced civil partnerships, and public opinion has moved a long way since then. Now it’s time to finish the job so that same-sex couples have the same right to marry as heterosexual couples.”
Labour’s Campaign for Equal Marriage is also calling on the Government to go further than current proposals. Under the recent consultation, churches would not be allowed to conduct same-sex marriages. Whilst it is right that no church or religious organisation should be obliged to conduct a same sex marriage ceremony, the Labour Party believes that Quakers, Unitarians and other churches who want to celebrate gay marriage should have the freedom and opportunity to do so.
To find out more about Labour’s campaign to ensure equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples, visit the campaign’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/? ref=tn_tnmn#!/LabourCampaignForEqualMarriage.