Standing up for equal marriage

20130604-122146.jpgHundreds of people the equal marriage vigil outside Parliament yesterday to show support for the same sex marriage bill being debating in the House of Lords. Over 150 members of the London Gay Men’s Chorus, dressed in black tie, performed to the crowds and could be heard in the Lord’s debating chamber.

I joined activists from LBGT Labour and Stonewall at the vigil to mark this historic occasion. The vigil was also attended by a variety of Christian groups supporting marriage equality. One female vicar said she was one of the UK’s first same sex couples to have a civil partnership and would be happy to marry any same sex couples in her church.

Peter Tatchell, one of the rally’s organisers, said: ‘The battle for marriage equality began a long time ago. Tens of thousands, gay and straight, have walked with us on our long march to freedom.

‘We are on the verge of marriage equality at last. We will win this battle because justice is on our side. I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone attending the rally and to all those who lobbied their MP and the peers.”

The vote takes place later today. Fingers crossed!

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