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Tatchell urges Kate and Will to support gay marriage

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"We plan to display a giant wedding card for William and Kate outside Buckingham Palace. As well as wishing the royal couple happiness, the card will highlight the fact that William and Kate can marry, but same-sex couples can't," said coordinator of Monday's 12 noon event, Peter Tatchell of the Equal Love campaign.

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

It is our hope that they might be the first royal couple to express support for marriage equality.

"William and Kate are a modern young couple. I am sure they have gay friends and would not wish to see them discriminated against. Denying people the right to marry is appalling discrimination.

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

"Some of the couples involved in the Equal Love campaign will join us on Monday. In February, they filed an application in the European Court of Human Rights to end the legal prohibition on same-sex marriage and opposite-sex civil partnerships.

"Even if people don't agree with 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.

"The 25 April 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.

Gay people and their straight friends are being invited to sign up to join the event on Facebook:

Next Monday's celebration is organised by the Equal Love campaign, which seeks to overturn the twin bans on gay civil marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships:

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

More background info on the issue

Peter Tatchell writes:

"We wish William and Kate every happiness. May they have a joyful marriage and a wonderful married life together.

"The royal couple are lucky. They have the option to get married. Gay couples don't have this option. They are barred by law from marriage.

"We urge Kate and William to support marriage equality: the right of same-sex couples to get married. Their support would mean a lot. They take for granted the right to marry. Marriage is something that many lesbian and gay couples want but cannot have.

"Gay marriage is a simple issue of respect, equality and fairness. In a democracy, we should all be equal before the law. This means an equal right to marry, regardless of sexual orientation.

"Gay couples are allowed civil partnerships. But this is not equality. They cannot get married in a register office like their heterosexual family and friends. This is discrimination and discrimination is wrong.

"There would be uproar if the government banned Jewish people from marriage and offered them civil partnerships instead. We would call it an anti-Semitic law; something we would expect in Nazi Germany not democratic Britain. Well, Jews are not banned from marriage but gay people are.

"The ban on gay civil marriages is opposed by nearly two-thirds of the British people, according to an opinion poll by Populous in June 2009. The poll found that 61% of the public believe that: "Gay couples should have an equal right to get married, not just to have civil partnerships." Only 33% disagreed.

"A new poll taken today would almost certainly register even more public support for marriage equality - and for the right of heterosexual couples to have a civil partnership, from which they are banned.

"On 2 February this year, eight couples - four gay and four heterosexual - filed a joint legal application to the European Court of Human Rights, to overturn the twin bans on gay civil marriages and heterosexual civil partnerships. Their applications are sponsored by the Equal Love campaign - - which seeks to end sexual orientation discrimination in both civil marriage and civil partnership law. It is supported by the Peter Tatchell Foundation and the LGBTI campaign group OutRage!," said Mr Tatchell

PR: OutRage!


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