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UK: Gay Rights Activist – We Need to Lobby in the House of Lords for Marriage Equality

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

London ParliamentLong-time gay rights activist Peter Tatchell is calling on the LGBT community and its supporters to lobby the House of Lords for the marriage equality bill. Gay Star News reports:

Tatchell himself, in a statement released today, said: ‘While it would be unusual and unethical for the unelected Lords to overturn a bill passed by a huge 225-vote majority in the Commons, it is not impossible or unlawful. ‘In the event of defeat in the Lords, it is not clear whether the government would invoke the Parliament Act to secure the bill’s passage.’… ‘There is no room for complacency. We need to lobby the Lords just like we lobbied the Commons. Church leaders and right-wing peers are determined to derail the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. They’ll try to vote it down and introduce wrecking amendments.’

If you’re in the UK, now is the time to act to help secure rights for yourself, your partner, your friends, for anyone who is now excluded from the right to marry because they love someone of the same sex.

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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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UK: Prime Minister’s Marriage Equality Adviser Quits; Archbishop to Meet with Gay-Rights Activist

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Big BenWe have a couple stories out of the United Kingdom this morning on the marriage equality front. First, the man who encouraged prime minister David Cameron to embrace marriage equality quit. Gay Star News has the details:

Andrew Cooper, founder of UK polling company Populus Ltd, resigned from his position as director of government strategy yesterday (14 April), the Daily Mail reports. Cooper had advised UK Prime Minister David Cameron on making gay marriage a top priority for a modern Conservative government, and to move away from traditional right-wing values. His aim was to attract a younger generation of voters for the political party. He has lost out to Australian strategist Lynton Crosby, who has been running the Conservative’s voting campaign since January. Crosby’s campaigning does not put gay marriage at the top of the party’s agenda.

It’s too early to know what this move will mean for the marriage equality bill pending before the parliament, if anything.

In other UK news, the Archbishop of Canterbury will talk with gay-rights activist Peter Tatchell about marriage equality this week. Pink News reports:

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is set to discuss gay rights with Peter Tatchell on Thursday at Lambeth Palace. Last month, the human rights campaigner announced he had secured a meeting with Archbishop Welby, who has made a number of public remarks about gay rights in recent months. Shortly after his appointment in November of last year Archbishop Welby spoke of the need of the Church of England to have “no truck with any form of homophobia”.

The Archbishop is opposed to marriage equality, but has stated that he supports strengthening the relationships, whatever that means.

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UK: Peter Tatchell Calls Out Queen for Not Saying the Word Gay

Monday, March 11th, 2013

LondonUK gay activist Peter Tatchell is speaking out about the Queen’s support for human rights, pointing out that she never mentioned gays and lesbians specifically. Pink News reports:

By signing the new Commonwealth Charter, with its rejection of all discrimination, the Queen is implicitly endorsing gay human rights. Although the charter does not include an explicit commitment to gay equality, the clause rejecting discrimination based on ‘other grounds’ implicitly includes a rejection of homophobic discrimination… While she has spoken approvingly of the UK’s many races and faiths, for six decades she has ignored LGBT Britons. If she treated black and Asian Britons in the same way, she’d be denounced as a racist. Why the double standards? Regardless of whether these omissions are a reflection of the Queen’s personal views or the result of advice from her courtiers, as monarch she bears ultimate responsibility. Her silence sends a signal of exclusion and disrespect.

UK: Gay Activist Praises Muslim MP’s Who Voted for Marriage Equality

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Big BenIn the face of fatwas issued against five muslim MP’s who voted for marriage equality in the United Kingdom, gay activist Peter Tatchell issued a statement supporting the brave Members of Parliament. Pink News reports:

“We are delighted that most Muslim MPs voted in favour of legalising gay marriage. The ban on same-sex marriage is discrimination. Discrimination is not an Islamic value. The clerics who issued these fatwas are preaching hatred. Islam encourages love and marriage. Religious leaders should welcome the fact that gay couples love each other and want to get married.”

Pink News also details which muslim MP’s voted for and against the measure:

…Labour MP and shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan… Muslim MPs Rushanara Ali (Labour), Sajid Javid (Conservative) Shabana Mahmood (Labour) and Anas Sarwar (Labour) also voted in favour. Those who abstained were Khalid Mahmood (Labour) and Yasmin Qureshi (Labour). The only Muslim MP who voted against was Rehman Chishti (Conservative).

Anyone know if this is the first time a muslim politician has voted for marriage equality?

UK: Tatchell Says Marriage Equality Consultation is Not Enough

Monday, September 19th, 2011

UK Gay MarriageEquality minister Lynne Featherstone has announced that the government’s consultation on gay marriage is postponed until March 2012, and that its terms of reference will explicitly exclude same-sex religious marriages and opposite-sex civil partnerships.

It is bizarre that the minister for equality wants to maintain the discriminatory laws that prohibit gay couples from having a religious marriage and heterosexual couples from having a civil partnership. She sounds more like the minister for inequality.

Lynne Featherstone is mean-spirited to rule out in advance any discussion on opening up civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples. I stand for equality and this includes equality for straight people too. It would be wrong for the LGBT community to demand equal rights for ourselves and then ignore or accept the denial of equality to heterosexual people. In a democracy we should all be equal before the law.

Full Story from Pink News

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UK: Tatchell Calls on Cameron to Endorse Marriage Equality

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

New York’s legalisation of gay marriage is symptomatic of a global trend. From South Africa to Canada, Argentina, Portugal and beyond, same-sex marriage is becoming a fact of life and law.

Marriage equality is now the focus of many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) campaigns worldwide. It is fast becoming the litmus test in the battle for equality.

How ironic. At the very moment that heterosexual couples are deserting marriage in droves, lesbian and gay couples are rushing to embrace it.

Full Story from Pink News

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UK: Another Straight Couple to File for Civil Partnership

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Peter Tatchell will look on as a straight couple file an application for a civil partnership tomorrow.

Ian Goggin and Kristin Skarsholt, who have been together for two years, will apply at Bristol Register Office tomorrow morning in the name of ‘heterosexual equality.’

Students Kristin, 22, and Ian, 21, expect their appeal to be rejected, but upon receiving the rejection in writing, intend to seek further legal action.

Full Story From The Pink Paper

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UK: Gay Couples to Challenge Gay Marriage Ban

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

United Kingdom Gay Marriage

A campaign to overturn the bans on gay marriage and heterosexual civil partnerships is to begin next month when eight couples will file applications at British register offices for ceremonies they are presently not allowed to hold.

Four same-sex couples will apply for civil marriage and four heterosexual couples for civil partnerships. Each week, up to 14 December, one of the eight couples will make an application. The campaign’s co-ordinator, Peter Tatchell, said there was growing political party support for an end to the bans as well as public support for same-sex couples. “Our aim is to overturn both the ban on same-sex marriage and the ban on opposite-sex civil partnerships.

“If they are refused, as we expect they will be, we plan to mount a legal challenge. We believe these bans violate the Human Rights Act and are open to challenge in the high court,” said Tatchell, of the lesbian and gay rights campaign group, OutRage! “Civil marriages and civil partnerships should be open to everyone without discrimination.”

Full Story from The Guardian

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UK: Tatchell Calls New Gay Marriage Survey Flawed

Monday, October 18th, 2010

United Kingdom Gay MarriageDespite being founded to secure gay equality, the gay lobby group Stonewall is refusing to campaign against the ban on gay civil marriage. It is not committed to full equal rights for lesbian and gay people.

Stonewall seems content with civil partnerships. The vast majority of gay people are not content. They want the legal right to get married in a civil ceremony in a registry office, on the same basis as heterosexual couples.

Now, in an attempt to deflect criticism, Stonewall has announced a survey on whether its supporters want gay marriage legalised. But the survey method and process are flawed and unfair. Contrary to the impression given by Stonewall, it is not surveying its supporters specifically on the issue of gay marriage. It is conducting a general survey encompassing 12 different lesbian and gay issues.

Full Story from UK Gay News

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