Sunday, March 30, 2014

[UK] "Britain's first same-sex marriages take place as PM speaks of 'powerful message'"

David Cameron has hailed the first same-sex marriages in England and Wales as sending a "powerful message" about equality in Britain.
The law changed at midnight, with a number of gay couples vying to claim the title of being the first to be married in Britain by trying to time it perfectly so their vows were said just seconds after the clock struck midnight.
The prime minister said the reform was necessary because "when people's love is divided by law, it is that law that needs to change".
Writing in Pink News he said "this weekend is an important moment" because "we will at last have equal marriage in our country".
Cameron, who has faced opposition from some in the Conservative party about his backing for the change, said: "This is something that has been very important to me.
"I have been so lucky to find the most incredible lifelong partner in Sam, and our marriage has been a very special part of the commitment we have made to each other.
"Of course any marriage takes work, requires patience and understanding, give and take - but what it gives back in terms of love, support, stability and happiness is immeasurable.
"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."

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