Stonewall Cymru saddened by Welsh Secretary's comments

Ill-informed comments, which are deeply undermining to families and children

Stonewall Cymru today expressed great sadness at the comments of the Secretary of State for Wales aired last night on ITV Wales’ Face to Face programme.  When asked why he had voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on 5 February he said: ‘I regard marriage as an institution that has developed over many centuries for the provision of a warm and safe environment for the upbringing of children which is clearly something two same sex partners can’t do.’

Andrew White, Director of Stonewall Cymru said: ‘We’re saddened that the Secretary of State for Wales should make such an offensive and inaccurate remark.  There are many different types of family in Wales today, including many same sex couples raising children.  It’s deeply undermining to families and children when they hear this sort of ill-informed comment.  Fortunately, recent YouGov polling for Stonewall Cymru shows that the Secretary of State’s views are out of touch with the majority of people both in Wales and throughout Great Britain.’

YouGov polled over 1,000 people across Wales for Stonewall Cymru’s Living Together, the first study of its kind to ask people in Wales their views on gay equality. More than four in five people (83 per cent) said they believe it’s right to tackle prejudice against lesbian, gay and bisexual people where they say it exists, and more than four in five people (85 per cent) believe that lesbian, gay and bisexual people should be able to be open about their sexual orientation, in any circumstances. Three in five people (62 per cent) support the Westminster Government’s commitment to extend the legal form and name of civil marriage to same-sex couples.

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