London Gay Men’s Chorus out for Marriage Equality Rally
Marriage equality campaigners will rally outside the House of Lords today from 3pm, to coincide with the final vote by peers on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
The vote result could come though any time from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.
It will determine whether or not the Lord’s will allow marriage equality to become law.
The London Gay Men’s Chorus and the Big Gay Brass Band will provide music and entertainment at the rally.
“We are on the verge of marriage equality at last, after a 21-year-long campaign, which began way back in 1992. Ending discrimination against same-sex couples in marriage law will overturn the last major legal discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Britain. It is of huge symbolic importance; signalling that same-sex love has social recognition, acceptance and parity,” said Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation and coordinator of the Equal Love campaign, which began the campaign for marriage equality in 2010.
“After the Lords vote today, the same-sex marriage Bill will then go to the House of Commons for a final vote on Wednesday. If it passes then, we will have won equal marriage. Contrary to what the opponents of same-sex marriage claim, marriage equality has one of the highest public approval ratings of any government policy for many years.
“According to a YouGov poll, 71% of the public, including 58% of religious people, believe same-sex couples should be permitted to get married in civil ceremonies in register offices. Populus and ICM polls respectively recorded 65% and 62% public support for equal civil marriage. The ICM poll found that 57% of people intending to vote Conservative at the next election support marriage equality. The legislation seeks to ensure equal marriage rights for all. In a democratic society, everyone should be equal before the law. Regardless of whether people agree with homosexuality or matrimony, the ban on same-sex marriage is homophobic discrimination and should be repealed,” said Tatchell.
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