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UK Lib Dem Leader: Coalition Govt Will Pass Marriage Equality


Deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats Simon Hughes says that he expects marriage equality to pass in parliament this year.

Asks Yoosk TV to Hughes: "Will the Lib Dem parliamentary group, of which you are the most senior non-ministerial member, fight for full marriage equality in the recently announced 'consultation' rather than accept current inadequate plans for religious civil partnerships?"

Said Hughes: "It would be appropriate in Britain in 2010, 11, for there to be the ability for civil marriage for straight people and gay people equally. That's different of course from faith ceremonies which are matters for the faith communities… they have to decide what recognition to give. The state ought to give equality. We’re halfway there. I think we ought to be able to get there in this parliament.”


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  1. The phrase "in this parliament" means the period Parliament is in office before the next mandatory election, in this case, five years. Hughes is predicting same-sex marriage within the next five years not this year.

    Posted by: EH in SF | Jul 20, 2010 12:29:15 PM

  2. They'll get it done too, that's the thing. Thye really will. Because they're showing leadership not just talking about it. And becuase they actually believe in democratic prinicpals not just who's up and who's down.

    We're falling so far behind here. This is a sign of the strenght of their democracies and the weakness of our own.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Jul 20, 2010 1:10:16 PM

  3. The UK will make a difference on what happens in the US. Fingers crossed.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Jul 20, 2010 1:10:37 PM

  4. Unfortunately, American politicians are so afraid of religionists that they can't eve articulate such a basic understanding of the separation of church and state and contract law.

    Posted by: David R. | Jul 21, 2010 1:31:16 AM

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