Cliff Richard backs gay marriage

Cliff Richard has come out in support of gay marriage.

The 71-year-old singer, who is one of Britain’s best-known Christians, says he sees no reason why gay people should not have marriage equality.

He told BBC Radio 4: “I don’t see why gay people shouldn’t be married. I have got friends, same-sex couples, who have been together for decades. So for them it’s marriage even though they can’t call it marriage.

“It probably isn’t marriage as such because we recognise it as a man and woman and having babies. [But] that’s ­neither here nor there for me.”

From Pink News….

Posted in Notebook | Leave a comment

Sign the HM Government petition too

Legalise Gay Marriage

Responsible department: Ministry of Justice

We the people petition the Government to amend the current marriage laws so that marriage is legal irrepesctive of the gender of the couple. At the moment a Gay couple may enter into a civil partnership which grants them all the same rights as a married Heterosexual couple but they cannot be married, this is pointless discrimination rooted in age old bigotry

https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/2797

Posted in Notebook | Leave a comment

Show your support for Equal Love

"We call on the government to end the twin bans on same-sex civil marriages and opposite-sex civil partnerships. In a democratic society, everyone should be equal before the law. This means opening up civil marriages and civil partnerships in register offices to all couples, gay and heterosexual, without discrimination."

Tell your friends about the Equal Love PetitionEmail Your MP

Posted in Notebook | Leave a comment

Equal Love Art by Ethel Shoul

Continue reading

Posted in Diary | 1 Comment

Wedding card for Prince William & Kate

Gay couples want the right to marry too

Supporters of the Equal Love campaign presented a giant wedding card for Prince William and Kate Middleton outside the gates of Buckingham Palace yesterday, Monday 25 April.

As well as wishing the royal couple “congratulations” and “a happy life together”, the campaigners highlighted the ban on gay civil marriage and urged Kate and William to support the right of same-sex couples to marry in a register office. Cupcakes with Equal Love logos were handed out to tourists and passers by. Dozens of people signed the card.

The card read:

“Congratulations William and Kate on your Wedding Day. We wish you a happy life together. You can get married, gay people can’t. We are banned by law. We ask you to support marriage equality. Equal=Love.”

“As well as wishing the royal couple happiness, our card highlighted the fact that William and Kate can marry, but same-sex couples cannot. In democratic society, we should all be equal before the law. The ban on gay marriage is discrimination and should be repealed,” said coordinator of Monday’s 12 noon event, Peter Tatchell of the Equal Love campaign.

Mr Tatchell added:

“The public response was amazingly supportive. Everyone outside the palace expressed support for marriage equality. We didn’t get a single negative reaction.

“William and Kate are a modern young couple. They have gay friends. I am sure they would not wish them to suffer discrimination. Denying gay people the right to marry is unjust and unreasonable discrimination.

“Kate and William had a choice. They could get married, or not. They chose to marry. Great. Same-sex couples don’t have this choice. We are banned from marriage by law.

“We are urging the royal couple to find a way, within official protocol, to indicate their support for marriage equality. If they did this, they’d be the first royal couple to do so.

“The majority of the British public now support gay civil marriages in register offices.

“Three of the couples involved in the Equal Love legal campaign were present outside Buckingham Palace today, including Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka.

“In February, four gay couples and four heterosexual couples filed the Equal Love application in the European Court of Human Rights, seeking to overturn Britain’s legal prohibitions on same-sex marriage and opposite-sex civil partnerships.

“Even if people disagree with the monarchy and marriage, the prohibition on gay marriage is homophobic and should be overturned. We must not let the government dictate that lesbian and gay couples cannot get married.

“Equally, we object to the way heterosexual couples are prohibited by law from having a civil partnership. Perhaps William and Kate might have preferred a civil partnership? It is wrong that they were prohibited by law from having this option.

“This event is an affirmation of our opposition to discrimination in marriage law. We want to show our support for the right of everyone to be able to choose whether or not to get married,” said Mr Tatchell.

Today’s celebration was organised by the Equal Love campaign, which seeks to overturn the twin bans on gay civil marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships: www.equallove.org.uk

It is supported by the LGBTI human rights group OutRage! and the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

Posted in Press Release | 1 Comment

Giant Royal Wedding Card

[flickr-gallery mode=”photoset” photoset=”72157626574683662″]

London – 25 April 2011: Equal Love campaign. Supporters of lesbian and gay marriage presented a giant wedding card to Prince William and Kate Middleton outside Buckingham Palace. The card read: “Congratulations William and Kate on your Wedding Day. We wish you a happy life together. You can get married, gay people can’t. We are banned by law. We ask you to support marriage equality. Equal=Love.”

Posted in Notebook | 1 Comment

Royal Wedding – Join us for gay marriage rights

If you oppose the same-sex marriage ban, celebrate with us on Monday

12 noon to 2pm
Monday 25 April 2011
Buckingham Palace (in front of the main entrance)
London SW1

Sign up to join the event on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198721503499425

End the ban on same-sex marriage. Supporters of marriage equality will hold a celebration in front of Buckingham Palace on Easter Bank Holiday, Monday 25th April, from 12 noon to 2pm. It is a public holiday. We invite you to join us.

Coordinator of the event, Peter Tatchell of the Equal Love campaign, said:

“We plan to deliver a giant wedding card to William and Kate. As well as wishing the royal couple every happiness, we will highlight the fact that William and Kate can marry, but same-sex couples can’t.

“Our event will urge the royal couple to support moves to end the ban on gay marriage. We want equal marriage rights for all couples, regardless of sexual orientation.

“Kate and William had a choice. They could get married, or not. Same-sex couples don’t have this choice. We are banned from marriage by law.

“All welcome. Bring your friends for a party in front of Buckingham Palace. Come with flowers, rainbow flags and pink jack flags.

“Some of the couples involved in the Equal Love campaign will join us on the day.

“Even if you don’t agree with marriage, the prohibition on gay marriage is homophobic and should be overturned. Don’t let the government dictate that LGBTI people can’t get married.

“The 25 April is not a celebration of the monarchy or marriage (many of us are critical of both). It is an affirmation of our opposition to discrimination in marriage law. We want to show our support for the right of everyone to be able to choose whether or not to get married, said Mr Tatchell.

Next Monday’s event is organised by the Equal Love campaign, which seeks to overturn the twin bans on gay civil marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships: www.equallove.org.uk

It is supported by the LGBTI human rights group OutRage! www.outrage.org.uk and the Peter Tatchell Foundation www.petertatchellfoundation.org

Posted in Press Release | Leave a comment

Peter Tatchell to address Gay Humanist meeting on Marriage Equality

On Friday 18th March at 7:30 pm Peter Tatchell will be giving a talk entitled “Equal Rights”-are we there yet?” at a meeting at:

Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
London WC1R 4LR

This event is organised by the Gay and Lesbian Humanists Association (GALHA) with the official support of Outrage and The Peter Tatchell Foundation. Some of the couples involved in this campaign are expected to be present. We hope to confirm soon that a guest speaker who is a legal expert on gay marriage/partnership law in Europe will also be present.

Derek Lennard (GALHA Events co-ordinator) commented:
“This event will focus on the “Equal Love” campaign which has taken the legal bid for gay marriage and for heterosexual civil partnerships to the European Court of Human Rights. Peter Tatchell will report on the progress of the campaign.”

This event is organised by GALHA with the official support of Outrage and the Peter Tatchell Foundation. Some of the couples involved in this campaign are expected to be present. We hope to confirm soon that a guest speaker who is a legal expert on gay marriage/partnership law in Europe will also be present.

GALHA has consistently supported marriage equality between gay and straight couples since long before this became an issue with mainstream support.

Some humanists strongly support marriage as a social institution. Others see Civil Partnerships as more relevant. However humanists generally agree passionately that both gay and straight couples should have equal access to both marriage and civil partnerships.

For more details of the meeting please see: http://www.galhameetup.com/events/16576277/

Posted in Diary | Leave a comment

Equal Love Application to ECHR

European Court of Human Rights application filed today – London 2 February 2011

“Eight British couples – four gay and four straight – today filed a joint application to the European Court of Human Rights, in a bid to overturn the UK’s twin bans on gay civil marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships,” announced human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights group OutRage!. “We are confident that the European Court will eventually rule in our favour and require the British government to end sexual orientation discrimination in civil marriage and civil partnership law,” he said.

A copy of the submission can be downloaded (in PDF format) here: equalloveapplicationtoechr

Posted in Notebook | Leave a comment

Equal Love case filed to European Court

Legal bid for gay marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships

Eight couples submitted joint legal appeal on 2 February

Professor Robert Wintemute outlines the legal case sent to Europe

“Eight British couples – for gay and four heterosexual – filed a joint legal application to the European Court of Human Rights today, Wednesday, 2 February, seeking to overturn the twin bans on gay civil marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships,” announced human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell of the LGBT human rights group OutRage! and coordinator of the Equal Love campaign.

The Equal Love campaign – www.equalove.org.uk – seeks to end sexual orientation discrimination in both civil marriage and civil partnership law. It is supported by the Peter Tatchell Human Rights Fund. Continue reading

Posted in Press Release | Leave a comment