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Watch: Lesbian Couple Challenge's UK's Ban on Gay Marriage

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Yesterday, a lesbian couple challenged the UK law by applying for a marriage license in England:

Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Strietzel were turned away on the grounds that UK law stipulates that marriage partners have to be male and female.

The couple now plan to challenge this restriction in the courts, arguing that the ban on same-sex marriage violates Articles 14 (protection against discrimination), 12 (the right to marry) and 8 (the right to respect for family life) of the Human Rights Act.

Rev. Ferguson is an ordained minister of religion and chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement.  Franka Strietzel is a corporate trainer.

Today’s application for a civil by the couple was the first of four that form part of the new ‘Equal Love’ campaign coordinated by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and sponsored by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights organisation OutRage!

There will also be four application by opposite-sex couple for a civil partnership licence.

The Equal Love campaign seeks to end the prohibition on same-sex marriages and opposite-sex civil partnerships.

Watch an interview with the couple and a film of their attempt, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. There's a very good chance it will get bounced. The European Court of Human Rights, on who's jurisprudence the decision will be based, has already stated that article 12 doesn't automatically extend to gay couples.

    Posted by: dreamfish | Nov 3, 2010 3:12:11 PM


  2. When the Reverend Sharon Ferguson appears before cameras asking for the right to marry her partner all the while wearing a priest's collar and a large crucifix it sends the message that gay people are trying to use the government to force religious organizations to perform marriage ceremonies in their churches/mosques/temples. Never mind that what we seek is not blanket religious approval but rather equality under the law and all the rights accorded to married couples by the government. Most people are either not smart enough and/or not interested enough in the issue to make the distinction. Instead, they come at the issue with a knee jerk reaction, based on the religious indoctrination they received as children. In short, they freak out and declare that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

    It really is up to us to help them understand that what we seek is the right to a purely legal arrangement, civil marriage, and that allowing gay couples to enter into civil marriages will have no effect on their freedoms to believe and to worship as they see fit. Conflating the imagery of the church with the message that gay people want to obtain civil marriage just confuses the issue and does a disservice to our fight for equality.

    Posted by: peterparker | Nov 3, 2010 6:42:49 PM


  3. Fly across the Atlantic to Boston. We speak English [kinda],... and we have legal gay marriage, adoption rights, anti-discrimination laws, the works.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 4, 2010 5:56:34 AM


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