We are a group of people, Parliamentarians and others, who have come together to win the freedom of same sex couples to marry, and to ensure that religious freedom is protected.
What we believe
1. Our core belief is that marriage is an important institution that should be cherished and promoted. When two people love each other and are willing to commit publicly to a lifelong relationship, society is enriched and strengthened. As such, marriage should be open to all, regardless of sexuality.
2. We recognise that civil partnerships were an important step forward in giving legal recognition to same sex couples. But civil partnerships are not marriages, which express a particular and universally understood commitment.
3. We feel strongly that religious freedom must be protected. This means that religious communities should be allowed to conduct same-sex marriages if they choose, but equally none should be compelled to do so. The strongest legal safeguards must be put in place to guarantee this freedom.
4. While the majority of the public, including people of faith, support same sex marriage, we appreciate that some people have a different view, including many who are not homophobic but have a profound religious conviction about the nature of marriage. We believe that this debate should be conducted in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding.
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In a statement issued by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, is was announced that the first same sex weddings could take place by as early as summer 2014.
The announcement came when the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill completed its historic journey through Parliament by receiving Royal Assent on July 17 2013, officially enshrining it in law.
Women and Equalities Minister, Maria Miller said: Read more
Wednesday 10 July saw the completion of Report stage, the second last step for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Lords. In the only division of the night, once again a majority of Conservative Peers voted against a wrecking amendment, maintaining their consistent support for the Bill. Read more
Yesterday, Monday 8 July, was the first day of Report in the House of Lords. The second and final day will be Wednesday 10 July. After Wednesday, the last stage the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill must go through in the Lords is Third Reading, which is scheduled for Monday 15 July. Read more
This evening the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill completed its final parliamentary stage. It now goes for Royal Assent, expected in a few days.
Nick Herbert MP commented:
"This Bill was supported across the political parties and by large majorities in both Houses of Parliament, reflecting a remarkable change in attitudes in the country. Allowing gay couples the freedom to marry will bring happiness to thousands of loving couples and harm no-one.
"Religious freedom is protected in the legislation - no faith group will be compelled to conduct a same sex marriage. Read more
Our Campaign Spokesman, Joe Musgrave, recently penned an article for Central Lobby, the opinion section of the popular political news site, PoliticsHome. The full text of the article is below.
Freedom to Marry sets out how the public have moved on and now widely accept this change. They are campaigning to get the bill successfully through its next stage. Read more