David Cameron | Gay Marriage | Gay Rights | Gay Wedding | News | United Kingdom | Wales

Crowds Cheer For One Of UK's First Married Gay Couples: VIDEO

Flashinglights

As we just reported, Peter McGraith and David Cabreza of Islington were among the first same-sex couples (and quite possibly the first) to get married once marriage equality was legalized in England and Wales after midnight. When the happy couple emerged from Islington Town Hall they were greeted with a warm and raucous crowd wishing them well.  

Meanwhile Prime Minister David Cameron, who fought hard for marriage equality, released a statement today, as Joe.My.God. highlights:

"The introduction of same-sex civil marriage says something about the sort of country we are. It says we are a country that will continue to honour its proud traditions of respect, tolerance and equal worth. It also sends a powerful message to young people growing up who are uncertain about their sexuality. It clearly says ‘you are equal’ whether straight or gay. That is so important in trying to create an environment where people are no longer bullied because of their sexuality – and where they can realise their potential, whether as a great mathematician like Alan Turing, a star of stage and screen like Sir Ian McKellen or a wonderful journalist and presenter like Clare Balding. We are a nation that is growing stronger economically because of our long term economic plan. But I hope we can also be a country that is growing stronger socially because we value love and commitment equally. Let us raise a toast to that – and all those getting married this weekend.”

Watch video of McGraith and Cabreza emerging as husband and husband for the first time, along with a few more photos from the big day, AFTER THE JUMP…

Crowd

(Photo at top via Twitter; photo at bottom also via Twitter)

McGraith and Cabreza leaving Town Hall.

 

More of Kyle and Richie (who we showed you earlier)

Feed This post's comment feed

Comments

  1. Again the good ol' Britain is ahead of the "land of the free". They have the conservative David Cameron. We have his equivalent, the disgraceful John Boner.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 28, 2014 10:13:12 PM


  2. This is a beautiful thing, and it is nice to see they dressed for the occasion. I'm reminded of the gay guy in Utah I believe it was who showed up for his wedding in a knit cap.

    Off topic, is anyone else being assaulted on towleroad by the absolutely disgusting imagery on the "best cure for nail fungus" add
    or does google adds think I in particular am someone who might purchase a nail fungus cure?

    Posted by: bicurious | Mar 28, 2014 10:24:07 PM


  3. Congratulations to all.

    Posted by: *****overTX | Mar 28, 2014 10:26:06 PM


  4. How sweet it is! Best wishes to the happy couple and to ALL of Britain's gay couples who can now marry legally. (I'm so embarrassed for America. Screw the fanatical religious conservatives of this country. Make sure they NEVER get in high office again!)

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 29, 2014 1:14:21 AM


  5. Their Church of England bishop in Salisbury said:
    same-sex marriage “embodies a commitment to be faithful, loving, and lifelong. These are virtues which the Church of England wants to see maximised in society”.
    Our defiant and arrogant Timmy Dolan thinks gay couples are not entitled to it.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 29, 2014 1:53:52 AM


  6. Nice to see Great Britain join the exclusive club of nations that Canada joined over a decade ago. Welcome to the 21st Century! Heads up USA and Australia the clock is ticking in regards to marriage equality!

    Posted by: Darrell | Mar 29, 2014 2:41:33 AM


  7. Darrell, while I am proudly Canadian, the Netherlands have had equal marriage even longer, since 2001, making them the first country to do so. Yes, we are leap years ahead of the US and Australia, but we weren't the first, either.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Mar 29, 2014 6:45:05 AM


  8. America should be ashamed!..Liberty & Justice for Al my ass....

    Posted by: disgusted american | Mar 29, 2014 7:45:46 AM


  9. That's one of the drawbacks of having a federal system in the US, where states have the ability to regulate marriage. On the other hand, it also shows how important the make-up of the US Supreme Court is. If more liberals were there, we might have had all SSM bans struck down last year.

    Posted by: Albert | Mar 29, 2014 8:03:23 AM


  10. ALBERT, that will never happen when you have 'liberals' either hating the govt or not voting because their special issue was not dealt with asap. Sigh.

    Posted by: Rowan | Mar 29, 2014 9:52:21 AM


  11. BICURIOUS, off topic, a bit. However I think I may be able to help. At the top left hand corner of the ad there should be a small (hardly visible) X. Click on that and then a Google AdSearch page should come up. From there you can tailor your Google ads to your specific taste (i.e. gay ads from Canada). I am an American living in Mexico and we get some weird stuff here. However, our ads on TV and the internet our a bit more progressive than the U.S.A. Something about a broomstick up some ones ass.....
    Congratulations to all the newlyweds in the United Kingdom and Wales.

    Posted by: WTF21 | Mar 29, 2014 11:20:08 AM


  12. Congratulations to all the newly-wed couples. May your lives be blessed with 1,000x1,000 years of happiness together. Congratulations to Great Britain and Wales (and soon, Scotland) for taking this giant step towards progress and equality for all.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 29, 2014 11:33:34 AM


  13. It's another big win for our sisters and brothers in England and very gratifying. They kept pushing and pushing and finally won another victory. This one was won when the Labour party mobilized to defeat the anti-marriage equality groups in the Conservative party. "The government's gay marriage bill was saved after David Cameron was forced to rely on Ed Miliband (Labour leader - BP) to defeat an attempt by his own MPs to derail the measure by trying to extend civil partnerships to heterosexual couples. An 11th-hour plea to the Labour leadership by the Tory chief whip Sir George Young... http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/may/21/labour-cameron-gay-marriage-bill

    Most of the victories of the LGBT communities in England, including the overturn of the Tories Section 8, have come from Labour governments, often because of pressure from the EU.

    Democrats in the US share massive campaigns of union busting, plans for austerity and a propensity for wars of aggression with the Tories. Democrats are the American equivalent of the English Conservatives. "Obama says he'd be seen as moderate Republican in the 1980's - "The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican..."http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/domestic-taxes/272957-obama-says-his-economic-policies-so-mainstream-hed-be-seen-as-moderate-republican-in-1980s

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Mar 29, 2014 5:19:56 PM


Post a comment







Trending


« «Gay Marriage Officially Begins In England And Wales: VIDEO« «