Miliband gives his backing to same-sex marriages
Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, gave his full support to the legalisation of gay marriage as opponents stepped up their resistance to the proposal.
The plan has been greeted with anger and dismay by some church leaders and Conservative MPs – including the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, who denounced same-sex marriage as an "aberration" – but is being backed by David Cameron and Nick Clegg. Mr Miliband said legislation to bring in civil partnerships for same-sex couples had been a significant step by the last Labour government. He added: "Those equalities now have overwhelming public support and are being copied by many countries around the world. I strongly agree gay and lesbian couples should have an equal right to marry and deserve the same recognition from the state and society as anyone else."
Mr Miliband was speaking as he signed an "equal marriage pledge".
The Government will launch a consultation on equal-marriage legislation next week, intending it to come into force by 2015. The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "The Government has made clear its commitment to equality. We believe people should have the option of civil marriage, irrespective of sexual orientation."
The Tories and Labour look likely to grant their MPs a free vote on the issue, virtually ensuring the plans will be approved. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, likened gay marriage to the "great wrong" of slavery in a newspaper article over the weekend and launched a fresh attack on the plans yesterday.
Jennifer Lawrence attacks mass media again over body image
Jennifer Lawrence: 'It should be illegal to call someone fat on TV'
Ian Watkins: Police probed over earlier allegations as paedophile Lostprophets singer sentenced to 35 years for child sex offences
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
DNA from a 50,000 year old toe shows Neanderthals were highly inbred
Devyani Khobragade: India-US row escalates over arrest of diplomat in New York
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
You can STILL be jailed for being a republican, government confirms, and it remains illegal to even 'imagine' overthrowing the Queen
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist
Fighting back: the woman giving a voice (and 49,999 others) to the victims of sexism - by giving an airing to their horror stories
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 4 Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
- 5 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
- < Previous
- Next >
£500 - £550 per day: Cornwallis Elt : Business Analyst Target Operating Mod...
£10 - £12 per hour: Pro-Recruitment Group: An opportunity has arisen within th...
Flexible, Competitive, Weekly.: Randstad Education Cambridge: The JobRandstad ...
£9600 - £14400 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Randstad Education are...