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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. Lisa, stop being an idiot.

    I live in Britain and I know perfectly well what this means, because I live here!

    We currently have civil partnerships which offer all of the rights of marriage. The proposed change being announced by ministers tomorrow is that they will legalise same-sex MARRIAGE in full. Understand now?

    (And by the way, we don't want your ugly green dollars. Given the state of the US economy lately, I think you probably need them more!)

    Posted by: Neil | Sep 16, 2011 4:40:57 PM

  2. Either Lisa is a teabagging troll . . . or she really is this thick. I'm actually hoping for the former.

    Posted by: Jollysocks | Sep 16, 2011 5:01:43 PM

  3. I think this is the Liberal Democrat policy as part of their coalition deal. Labor and the Conservatives were weak on this issue.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 16, 2011 5:13:07 PM

  4. The Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone announced it today at the opening day of the Liberal Democrats annual conference in Birmingham. There will be a public consultation on how to make civil marriages available to same-sex couples starting in March 2012 and then dependent on the result of the consultation the government will make the necessary legislative changes before the General Election in May 2015.

    Posted by: Raymond | Sep 16, 2011 5:37:21 PM

  5. This is great news for marriage equality everywhere. Currently none of the big three in Western Europe, the UK, France, and Germany, have full marriage equality and instead just have strong civil unions. But adoption of full marriage equality by the UK will put more pressure on France and Germany to do the same as well as on other EU nations and commonwealth nations. It won’t happen overnight but it will get the ball rolling. As for the US, the more our close allies adopt marriage equality the more likely we are to follow suit eventually.

    Posted by: bill johnson | Sep 16, 2011 5:39:23 PM

  6. Yes, Lisa needs to go back to ROMPER ROOM,where she will be with 'others' in like minded mentality...3yrs old...Romper-stomper-Bomper-Boo'

    Posted by: codyj | Sep 16, 2011 5:41:54 PM

  7. Hard to beleive anyone is as dumb as Lisa, probably a troll. But the other dumb comment is by oh please. Obama wants to repeal DOMA which would effectively legalize same sex marriage in the US. He is on our side, the Republicans are our problem.

    Posted by: ken | Sep 16, 2011 5:47:26 PM

  8. How dare you. Just for that, I am boycotting my LGBTQ dollars from you as well..and Romper Room.

    Posted by: Lisa G | Sep 16, 2011 5:51:38 PM

  9. And if the PS wins in France next year, genderless marriage will become a reality there as well.

    Posted by: candide001 | Sep 16, 2011 6:07:10 PM

  10. Good show! :P Universal Healthcare, and Gay Marriage. I love Canada, but I'm wanting to move to the UK now. Those Rugby Brits can be very sexy.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Sep 16, 2011 8:24:27 PM

  11. If this article is true, it will mean full equality in marriage. "Lisa" is trolling and trying to spread some confusion.

    As for what this would mean in practical terms for UK citizens, nothing in terms of legal rights, but a significant change in social status. Since civil partnerships were recognized throughout the UK, the change to "marriage" doesn't bestow any additional rights. It is different here in the US, where your civil union from New Jersey might not be recognized in another state, but your marriage would be. Or in some cases, your civil union would be recognized in another state, but not your marriage. Here the label has real world consequences in terms of legal rights, but in the UK it does not.

    What makes this story so significant is that marriage carries a lot more social and cultural weight than civil partnerships. And that is true in the US too. Just look at Prop 8. $38 million spent to deny us the word "marriage" but not touching our right to domestic partnerships. And we spent $42 million opposing that effort. Both sides understood the importance of the word marriage. People don't spend $80 million on a semantical distinction that doesn't matter.

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 16, 2011 10:03:25 PM

  12. The Daily Mail now has an article up about this.
    "Gay marriage 'to be made legal in Britain by 2015"

    Posted by: John | Sep 17, 2011 5:04:24 AM


    Posted by: chris | Sep 17, 2011 8:37:07 AM

  14. Lisa,you ARE wrong.

    Pedro, it IS true, the Prime Minister announced it today, so it IS official.

    Posted by: robert in nyc | Sep 17, 2011 1:38:33 PM

  15. 2015 is when the plan to roll it out. omg, incompetence.

    Posted by: X | Sep 17, 2011 2:24:22 PM

  16. @X They plan to roll it out BEFORE 2015, the next general election here in Britain, not in 2015. Most likely it will be passed next year.

    Posted by: Freddie in London | Sep 17, 2011 3:02:55 PM

  17. See? All those great new "Dr Who" episodes were worth the trouble! but seriously, this could help increase pressure for equality in the US too. Hoping for the best....

    Posted by: Robert Baker | Sep 18, 2011 2:53:40 PM

  18. Lisa Graas is an anti-gay activist with bi-polar disorder who posts nothing but offensive and bigoted drivel on gay websites as well as on her own anti-gay blog.


    She is no different than the assortment of anti-gay trolls who regularly post racist or otherwise hateful posts here in an attempt to distort the image of gay people.

    Posted by: Gregv | Sep 18, 2011 4:40:45 PM

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