Celebrating an historic moment!

Equal marriage is now enshrined in law. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill received Royal Assent on July 17th. The first same sex couples will be able to marry sometime in the middle of 2014 when it is enacted. This is a truly momentous time for all those who have fought so hard for marriage equality. So many organisations have worked alongside one another to make this happen. As parents it has been uplifting to hear the powerful and poignant speeches made in both
Houses of Parliament. Lord Jenkin of Roding spoke of ‘the character of love which marriage reflects – faithful, stable, tough, unselfish and unconditional’ and that the passing of equal marriage ‘was a victory for common sense’.
There have been some difficult times as the bill made its way through both Houses of Parliament. We have had to listen to some very unpleasant and hurtful speeches from those MPs and peers who vigorously opposed the bill. There were wrecking amendments and attempts to derail it at every stage. However pro­equality campaigners maintained the pressure to ensure the passage of the bill.
Vigils were held outside Parliament as the bill was voted on at each reading.
Pro­equality campaigners held a day­long vigil outside the House of Lords as the bill had its Third Reading on July 15th. We were so pleased that we were able to be there as the bill was approved by the peers. It felt very special to be part of such an historic and welcome day for our gay and lesbian sons and daughters.
‘Gay marriage is something I believe we can be proud of as a country’ David Cameron


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