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Disappointing Delay in Equal Marriage Consultation

August 4, 2011 5:10 PM

LGBT Lib Dems, the party body concerned with LGBT equality, has expressed disappointment in the delay to the Government's consultation into full marriage equality. Chair Adrian Trett said "We are confident that the Government will deliver on marriage equality, and will keep working with MPs and ministers until this is achieved."

Stephen Gilbert, Lib Dem MP for St. Austell & Newquay, added "The Government has committed itself to delivering equal marriage. Both the Prime Minister, and Deputy Prime Minister are committed to it, as is Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone. My understanding is that initial work is already being carried out inside Government and a public consultation will follow later in the year.

"We should resist trying to snatch bad news from this important step forward, and focus on ensuring that, when the public consultation happens, we get as many people as possible to show their support for equality."

The Liberal Democrats are currently the only major party to support equal marriage, and have a petition for people from all political backgrounds to show their support.