We've been approached by so many community organisations and faith organisations recently to let us know that they support equal marriage. Here's what just a few of them had to say.
Trafford Centre for Independent Living
“The ethos of our own organisation is to support independence and fight for equality. Whether that is equal marriage or equality of access matters little: locally, regionally or nationally we should unite behind any campaign that works to reduce inequality. The LGF is doing some fantastic work within Trafford to raise awareness of equality issues and we would like to support the campaign for equal marriage to show our commitment to reducing inequalities for all people. We were proud to fly the Rainbow Flag earlier this year, and look forward to developing our relationship with LGF into 2013 and beyond.” Matthew Barnes, Information & Communications Officer, Trafford Centre for Independent Living
Manchester Methodist Circuit
As the state seeks to redefine marriage, it is my hope and prayer that the church will do likewise so that all people who are made in the image of God may enjoy the privileges and responsibilities, the ties and support which marriage brings.
Rev Stuart Wild MA BD
“Unitarians would like to be free to conduct same-sex marriages in our places of worship. We don't expect Parliament to force other churches or individual clergy to marry same-sex couples if they do not wish to do so. However, we do not consider that our wishes should therefore be set aside. We claim the right to do so in line with our own deeply held convictions about the inherent worth of all individuals and for public recognition of relationships.
Civil partnerships in religious premises, whilst welcomed by Unitarians, are not a substitute for same sex religious marriage. The introduction of civil partnerships in religious premises has faced difficulties and progress has been slow although several Unitarian congregations have registered to host ceremonies and some have taken place; the first being in Ullet Road Unitarian Church in Liverpool.”