The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is now before Parliament. Read our booklet with personal stories about how same-sex marriage will affect peoples' lives.
The Liberal Democrats were the first major political party in the UK - and the first party of Government - to support equal marriage - even when major LGB organisations were opposed. Our Equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone MP, led the Government's consultation, and our votes in the Commons meant there was a majority on the Government benches. This Bill has enjoyed support from every major party, but it's fair to say that it wouldn't have happened this quickly, this smoothly or possibly in this Parliament without the Lib Dems pushing this policy into Government and onto the statue books.
This is a win for the Liberal Democrats, who have the longest and proudest record of equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans people of any UK political party.
How can you get involved to bring about equal marriage in the UK? Here are a few ways. LGBT+ Lib Dems recognise that this consultation will need people coming together from all political backgrounds to make equal marriage happen.
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Read our press release on the consultation announcement.
The Liberal Democrats' policy, voted in by party members at Federal Conference, was the first time a major UK political party, let alone a party of Government, adopted equal marriage as a policy. In addition, the policy calls for greater international recognition of all marriages and civil partnerships, including across the EU. The policy motion was promoted to conference by LGBT+ Lib Dems.
The policy will enable trans people to remain in their existing marriages or civil partnerships while being legally recognised in their gender. Currently, trans people are required to divorce or annul their relationship in order to achieve gender recognition.
The policy also explicitly offers civil partnerships to couples regardless of gender. This provision was included in the original Civil Partnerships Bill, introduced by Lib Dem peer Lord Lester in 2002. This Private Members Bill was withdrawn at the request of Labour, who wanted to introduce what later became the Civil Partnerships Act 2004 - having removed the provision for same-gender civil partnerships.