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UK: Gay Activist, Church of England Head Discuss Gay Rights, Marriage Equality

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

UK ChurchThe Archbishop of Canterbury and gay activist Peter Tatchell met to talk about gay rights and gay marriage. SDGLN reports:

“Archbishop Welby is clearly struggling to reconcile his support for loving, stable same-sex relationships with his opposition to same-sex marriage. I got the impression that he wants to support gay equality but feels bound by church tradition. He accepts that discrimination is not a Christian value but can’t bring himself to state publicly that banning gay couples from getting married is discrimination and wrong,” Tatchell said.

“The Archbishop told me ‘gay people are not intrinsically different from straight people’ but there is an ‘intrinsic difference in the nature of same-sex relationships’ and this is a sufficient reason to deny gay couples the right to marry, even in civil ceremonies in register offices. When pressed to say why this ‘intrinsic difference’ justified banning same-sex marriage he merely replied: ‘They are just different,'” Tatchell said.

Because our opponents can’t explain it. They feel so deeply in their hearts that it must be different, but when pressed, they can never say why.

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Australia: Gay Activist Predicts Marriage Equality in an Australian State This Year

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Gay Activist Predicts Marriage Equality in an Australian State This YearSame-sex couples will likely be able to marry in Australia under a state or territory law in 2013, gay marriage advocates have predicted.

It comes after a year of great progress for same-sex marriage in Europe, the US and South America. And 2013 looks set to be even more significant.

Australian Marriage Equality national convener, Rodney Croome, said: ‘I want to reassure those Australians who are increasing frustrated by federal parliament’s failure to enact marriage equality, that it is almost inevitable same-sex couples will be able to marry somewhere in Australia in 2013.

Authored By Tris Reid-Smith – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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North Carolina, USA: Gay Activist to Walk 80 Miles to Protest Amendment One

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Amendment One MarchThis weekend, Randy Gillis will leave his home in Sophia, North Carolina to walk about 80 miles to the Raleigh State House.

He intends to deliver a handwritten letter to state Sen. Peter S. Brunstetter (R) protesting the discriminatory effects of Amendment One, which banned same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships.

Brunstetter was one of the measure’s key architects, and his wife experienced a media backlash when she claimed he was trying to protect the “Caucasian” race.

Full Story from Think Progress

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Gay Activist Walking Across US for Equality

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

A small light orb can be seen traveling along Highway 50 as Richard Noble treks across the United States to raise awareness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people’s rights.

Noble carries a walking staff with a rainbow flag representing the LGBT community. Native American feathers given to him by the Walker River Paiute Tribe represent two spirits and a solar light on top guides his way.

The activist said he hopes to raise awareness and gain national support for the American Equality Bill that would grant equality to the LGBT community.

Full Story from the Lahontan Valley News

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UK: Gay Activist Meets With Equalities Minister on Marriage Equality

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Gay rights legend Peter Tatchell has met with Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone MP to urge the government to review its ban on gay marriage.

He and other queer campaigners convened with Featherstone yesterday at the House of Commons to discuss the possibility of granting civil partnerships a religious content.

“The coalition government should undertake a public consultation to determine whether the ban on gay marriage ought to be lifted,” Tatchell argued.

Full Story from the Pink Paper

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