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Two weeks remain for public consultation on marriage equality in England and Wales
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Two weeks remain for public consultation on marriage equality in England and Wales. I have responded to the Home Office consultation on equal marriage - have you?

Cut and pasted from the Pink News website:

Two weeks remain until the government’s consultation on how to introduce marriage equality for gay couples closes, prompting final calls for responses from gay and trans people as well as straight allies.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell told PinkNews.co.uk today it was “Urgent that more LGBT people and their straight friends register their support for marriage equality on the government website. So far, we are outnumbered by opponents of same-sex marriage. This is disastrous. We’ve only got two weeks to reverse this imbalance." Mr Tatchell’s website includes a model submission which can be sent in response to the consultation.

A poll of PinkNews.co.uk readers this month found that only 2 percent supported a system in which gay and straight couples could marry but civil partnerships were only available to gays. 98 percent said they believed gay and straight couples should have the same options available to them, either by only having access to marriage or by both having access to marriage and civil partnerships.

Ben Summerskill, Chief Executive of Stonewall, which also has a guide to completing the consultation on its website, said today: “Thousands of bigots are doing everything they can to wreck this final step towards full equality for 3.3 million gay people in England and Wales. If you support equal marriage, it’s not enough to just talk or tweet about it. Responding to the consultation takes less than five minutes, but it could improve millions of people’s lives forever.”

The Out4Marriage campaign was also launched earlier this month and has seen video messages in favour of equal marriage from the home secretary Theresa May and shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper, the shadow chancellor Ed Balls, the leader of the Green party Caroline Lucas, Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone and the founder of the Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson and many members of the public on why gay couples should be allowed to marry equally.

Follow the link to read the full article:
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/05/31/two-weeks-remain-for-public-consultation-on-marriage-equality-in-england-and-wales/

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