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UK Government Commitment to Same-Sex Marriage Imminent?

The UK will commit to marriage equality tomorrow, according to reports:

Cameron Tim Montgomorie of Conservative Home appears to have confirmed the rumors, while James Chapman of the Daily Mail tweets that the intervention is coming after a "personal intervention" from Prime Minister David Cameron. The announcement is likely to occur at the Liberal Democrat conference tomorrow. The government began surveying opinion on the issue earlier this year and was due to take some action this summer...

...It now appears that legislation will be brought in to secure marriage equality for all couples. Gay marriage is effectively legal in the UK, but under the label of "civil partnership" and not "marriage."

Let's hope for this. Will bring you more if and when this chatter plays out...

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  1. All I can say is EXCELLENT!

    Posted by: Married in MA | Sep 16, 2011 1:48:35 PM

  2. This is not excellent, it is an outrage! Separate but equal is not equal. I for one will NEVER spend my LGBT dollars in a horrible country like the UK that discriminates in such a manner.

    Posted by: Lisa G | Sep 16, 2011 2:13:11 PM

  3. Lisa, I don't think you understand. Civil partnerships already exist, what this statement is saying is they are going to move to full marriage equality, thereby ending the current regime of separate but equal.

    Posted by: Marc | Sep 16, 2011 2:23:04 PM

  4. If this report is true it is HUGE and will be welcome good news after weeks of nothing but bad news here in America.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 16, 2011 2:26:10 PM

  5. (Sigh) if only the our Republicans took a cue from the UK Conservatives -- we'd be well on our way to marriage equality. Sadly, I think it's going to be another decade before we're even close.

    Posted by: Jollysocks | Sep 16, 2011 2:27:15 PM

  6. Congrats to all the UK LGBTs who refused to accept inequality.

    Will we follow their lead -- or will we sheepishly follow Barry Obama, the child of parents whose marriage was illegal in several states at the time of his birth, who refuses to state that we are just as human as he is?

    Posted by: ohplease | Sep 16, 2011 2:36:17 PM

  7. This is a huge story. The UK remains an enormously influential country in the world and particularly with the Commonwealth nations and the US. If it goes to full marriage equality, it will be the most influential country to do so to date. And it should have a real and immediate impact on Ireland, France, Australia, and New Zealand. The fact that this comes about with the support of the Conservative government makes it all the sweeter.

    This has been a pretty bad week for us, with the vote in North Carolina and the announcement that the pro-marriage governor in New Hampshire is not going to seek re-election. But if this news is true, it outweigh these other developments.

    Posted by: David | Sep 16, 2011 2:36:48 PM

  8. but it is still inherently unequal. Did you not read the part: Gay marriage is effectively legal in the UK, but under the label of "civil partnership" and not "marriage". Until the bigots in the UK support FULL marriage EQUALITY, we cant allow for these half gestures to placate us. Hold back your LGBT dollars!

    Posted by: Lisa G | Sep 16, 2011 2:42:50 PM

  9. @JOLLYSOCKS The big difference between conservatives in the
    U.S. and Conservatives in the UK is that British politics does not have a significant religious constituency. Christian Conservatives suck... and not in the good way.

    @OHPLEASE Barry Obama??? Talk about misplaced anger... The Obama haters on this site are getting T I R E D!

    Posted by: jimsur212 | Sep 16, 2011 2:48:30 PM

  10. LISA G,

    But don't you spend your dollars in your own horrible country called the USA?

    Posted by: Brains | Sep 16, 2011 2:50:43 PM

  11. Lisa,

    You are misreading the blurb. What is CURRENTLY legal is a civil union with practically the same benefits/protections of marriage. (it's an "everything-but-the-word-marriage" type deal.) This story is about the UK Government legalizing same-sex marriage and making it equal to heterosexual marriage. Its basically about moving from "everything but the word marriage" to full marriage equality. This is a great thing.

    Posted by: MDK | Sep 16, 2011 2:51:32 PM

  12. They will still not be using the word "marriage" as I read it. That is totally unacceptable. Just as if they tried to set up civil unions here that had everything but the word, it would be unacceptable. If it is not called a marriage, it is horribly unequal and unfair and I for one will not support them with my LGBT dollars.

    Posted by: Lisa G | Sep 16, 2011 2:58:09 PM

  13. Lisa, when your own country doesn't even recognise the equivalent of civil partnerships nationwide, and allows peoples votes on rights, while allowing "freedom of religion" to such an extent that your evangelical preachers travel overseas to promote their special brand of hatred, I hardly think that you can then turn around and lecture anyone.

    Posted by: John | Sep 16, 2011 3:13:53 PM

  14. You are reading it wrong. This about upgrading civil partnerships to marriage. Really just a change in the word for the most part

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 16, 2011 3:14:07 PM

  15. Oh Lisa G, can I pay you some of those flimsy, easily ripped green dollars NOT to come to the UK. Honestly, we don't want you. You'd hate it anyway. We all have green crooked teeth (according to the American media) and socialised medicine which basically means no healthcare at all. Oh, and we're not allowed to carry guns around - imagine how restrictive THAT is. You know the feeling, you want to go on a random killing spree, but you can't just waltz into a Walmart and buy an AK47. Britain - it's like a fascist state or something!!

    Posted by: Keithy | Sep 16, 2011 3:16:31 PM

  16. And the reports say that, indeed, this is about an upgrade to the word "marriage". To many here this won't be a big change, as many call it "marriage" already, this is the state recognising marriages equally and officially.

    Posted by: John | Sep 16, 2011 3:18:05 PM

  17. @Lisa. It's not a boycott unless you actually do travel to the UK regularly or had a trip plan, otherwise it's just more "troll" hot air.

    Yeah, I'm not gonna spend my dollars in Minnesota because of all the deaths due to bullying. Not like I was going there anyway.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Sep 16, 2011 3:18:22 PM

  18. @Lisa: You are just not reading the article correctly. And I'm only chiming in here because you insist on clinging to your initial negative response despite the very positive attempts of at least two other readers to correct you. The VERY CLEAR language of the article states that the UK govt is committing to moving FROM the currently legal civil partnership TO marriage.

    Posted by: John | Sep 16, 2011 3:19:12 PM

  19. Good news! And yeah, Lisa, you're reading it wrong..I read it wrong at first too. They're going to 'marriage' from 'civil partnership.'

    Posted by: Damien | Sep 16, 2011 3:26:36 PM

  20. @John (different John from myself): Not picking an argument, and honestly just curious, but wouldn't you agree that despite this not being a big change in the day to day practical rights already available to gays in the UK, it is indeed a very big change that the state is finally "recognising marriages equally and officially" (And no longer needing to give lip service to the old "separate but equal" idea of civil partnerships?

    Posted by: John | Sep 16, 2011 3:30:27 PM

  21. Lisa, if you are reading that comment to mean that they won't be using the word "marriage," then you are both a) reading the comment wrong and b) completely ignorant of what is already in the law in the UK regarding same-sex couples.

    Currently, they have civil partnerships. These are identical to "marriage" except in name, and have existed since 2005.

    What they are doing now is saying "we're going to have marriage. Period. For everyone." They are REMOVING the existing "separate but equal" status and allowing marriage for everyone.

    Which is, I'll remind you, one HELL of a lot more than what we've got going on here in the US. Even their existing civil partnerships is one hell of a lot more than we've got here in the US.

    So just in case you're still confused, let me reiterate one last time... the UK currently has civil partnerships (akin to our civil unions, IF we recognized civil unions nationally). What this article is saying is that the UK will now have full, 100%, identical marriage equality for all its citizens... simply called 'marriage,' no matter who is entering into such union.


    Posted by: Rae | Sep 16, 2011 3:32:09 PM

  22. Oh it's a big change from the state John, definitely in that sense of recognition. Not such a big change for those who will be able to get civil marriages though whether gay or straight i'd imagine. To many a civil partnership is essentially a marriage, but it will be important that recognition is the same, of course.

    Posted by: John | Sep 16, 2011 3:36:19 PM

  23. 'They will still not be using the word "marriage" as I read it.'

    The article isn't very well worded, but you're reading it wrong. (Nobody ever edits anymore... sigh.)

    Posted by: BobN | Sep 16, 2011 3:44:53 PM

  24. Lisa is obviously a born idiot who knows nothing about anything (and lacks reading comprehension)...Please stop responding to that idiot! As someone who has followed the developments in the U.K., I must say I am extremely happy if this is true!

    Posted by: pedro | Sep 16, 2011 4:08:14 PM

  25. Well fine, I may be wrong...but just to be safe, I will only use my American dollars and keep my LGBT dollars at home.

    Posted by: Lisa G | Sep 16, 2011 4:08:51 PM

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