20 March 2012

Stonewall responds in detail to equal marriage consultation

Call to supporters of equality to respond too

Stonewall has today responded in detail to the Government’s consultation on its intention to extend the legal form of marriage to same-sex couples.

Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘We’re pleased that the consultation process has finally started and are delighted to submit Stonewall’s full response. Stonewall supports the Government’s plans to make this modest change to extend the legal form of marriage.

‘Leading clerics and some political figures have, in the past three weeks alone, compared equality for gay people with slavery, child abuse, polygamy and bestiality. That’s why it’s critical that the calm voices of lesbian and gay people are heard in this debate too.

‘Ministers have pledged that same-sex couples will be able to marry in Britain by 2015. We trust that, given this commitment, these proposals will be included in the Queen’s Speech in May.’

Stonewall is urging all supporters of equal marriage to make their voices heard by responding to the consultation themselves before it closes on 14 June 2012.

Details of how to respond to the Government consultation and Stonewall’s full response can be found at www.stonewall.org.uk/marriage 

Details of Stonewall’s response to some of the claims made above can be found at:
BBC News Channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X0aSNRJeLo
Moral Maze: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01d2h6s#synopsis 

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