Marriage equality: Rally tonight 5pm at parliament
Open meeting 6pm-8pm, Committee Room 9
Come out for love and equality, as MPs vote at 7pm
London - 5 February 2013
Tuesday 5 February
5pm - rally by the statue of George V in Old Palace Yard, SW1, diagonally opposite the main entrance to the House of Commons. Bring rainbow flags and placards.
6-8pm - public meeting in Committee Room 9 of the House of Commons, with MPs and campaigners. The room is booked in the name of Stephen Gilbert MP.
Please help us mobilise people by texting, phoning and emailing your friends.
Tonight’s events for equal marriage are supported by activists from the LGBT groups of the Lib Dem, Conservative, Labour and Green parties - plus independent, non-party people. It is supported by the Peter Tatchell Foundation.
“MPs vote tonight at 7pm on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. We urge supporters of marriage equality to rally outside and inside parliament. It is important to have a visible presence for equal rights, against the vociferous homophobic minority. They want to keep us as second class citizens and are resorting to smears and scare tactics. Our rally is for love and equality,” said Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.
“Regardless of whether you love or loathe marriage, the ban on same-sex marriage is homophobic discrimination and should be repealed.
“This legislation is about ensuring equal marriage rights for all. In a democratic society, everyone should be equal before the law.
“Denying lesbian and gay couples the right to marry disparages and insults their love.
“The fact that some senior politicians and churchmen believe gay couples are unworthy of marriage is proof that homophobia is still deemed an acceptable prejudice in the highest levels of society. Their support for legalised discrimination gives comfort to bigots everywhere,” said Mr Tatchell.