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Gay Marriage: Sir Gerald Howarth MP Warns Of ‘Aggressive Homosexual Community’

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http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mobileweb/2013/05/20/gerald-howarth-gay-marriage-aggressive_n_3307264.html

Former Conservative defence minister Sir Gerald Howarth has warned of the dangers of the “aggressive homosexual community”.

The Aldershot MP was speaking during the Commons debate on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on Monday evening. Sir Gerald said he opposed the bill as he believed it would restrict the freedom of speech of people who were opposed to same-sex weddings for religious reasons.

His fellow Tory MP, Margot James, said gay rights legislation had necessarily “levelled the playing field” to ensure “outrageous verbal aggression” directed at gay people would stop.
But Sir Gerald suggested that rather than creating a level playing field gay rights had actually gone too far. “I warn her, I fear the playing field is not being levelled I believe the pendulum is swinging so far the other way, and there are plenty in the aggressive homosexual community who see this as but a stepping stone to something even further,” he said.

The MP did not make clear what that further step would be.

Plans to allow gay marriage look set to overcome their latest parliamentary hurdle this evening after Labour and the government signalled they were ready to work together to defeat a backbench bid to wreck the legislation in the House of Commons.

A source close to Culture Secretary Maria Miller told the Press Association she was “very relaxed” about a Labour proposal for an immediate consultation on extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples, designed to defuse Tory backbench demands for straight couples to be given equality with homosexuals and lesbians in this area.

The deal means that the first same-sex marriages could take place as early as next summer if the gay marriage bill clears the House of Lords, where it is expected to meet stiff resistance.
A Tory opponent of gay marriage has tabled a “wrecking amendment” to the Bill which would extend the option of civil partnerships to straight couples. While many advocates of same-sex marriage back the idea in principle, they fear it could delay the legislation or scupper it altogether after Miller said it would impose “significant” additional complexities and extra costs on the reforms.

The wrecking amendment, tabled by former families minister Tim Loughton, is expected to win the support of 100 or more Conservative backbenchers in a free vote in the Commons this evening, but it needs the backing of large numbers of Labour or Liberal Democrat MPs to have any chance of being passed.

Writing on The Huffington Post UK today, Miller sought to reassure Conservative colleagues who oppose her bill that their fears are unfounded.
“The new legislation will not marginalise those who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, it will not discriminate against those in faith schools who teach that marriage is between a man and a woman and it will not force priests, imams or rabbis to conduct same sex marriages against their wishes,” she said.

She added: “Our plans are based on the fundamental values and principles which bind us together as a society. I remain of the view that, far from being a radical departure, equal marriage is simply one more in a long line of reforms which have strengthened marriage, ensuring it remains as relevant to our society as it ever was.
“It will make a real difference in the lives of thousands of people and we should be proud that we now live in a society which makes it possible.”

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EQUAL LOVE WORLDWIDE – a ceremony that brought together the Zulu and Tswana traditions


In what local news is calling a “first” for the community, two 27-year-old South African men recently married in a ceremony that brought together the Zulu and Tswana traditions. Wearing historical garb, Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithol were married in the town of KwaDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in front of 200 people. CLICK LIKE to congratulate the newlyweds! (via The Advocate magazine)

MARRIAGE EQUALITY

 

 

THE GIVE ‘EM HOPE CAMPAIGN

The Give ‘em Hope Campaign is an inspirational online video initiative to inspire and uplift those who feel marginalised or isolated. We exist to bring hope to those who need it most.

The campaign was founded by David E Watters in early 2011 and has grown, with the support of numerous international cheerleaders and proactive participants.

IF YOU LIVE UNLIMITED BY LABELS…THEN TELL US HOW IT’S DONE

Make and send your video to: DavidWatters@nbiassociates.co.uk

MAKE A VIDEO AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

SHARE YOUR STORY AND HAVE IT SHOWN ON:

THE NBI ASSOCIATES YOUTUBE PAGE: NBIassociateshttp://www.youtube.com/user/NBIassociates?feature=mhee

NBI WORDPRESS: https://neverblendin.wordpress.com/category/give-em-hope-campaign-nbi-associates/

THE NBI ASSOCIATES/ GIVE ‘EM HOPE WEBSITE:

http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk/Give–em-Hope-Campaign.html

TRANSLATIONS OF THE PRESS RELEASE CAN BE FOUND HERE:

https://neverblendin.wordpress.com/category/give-em-hope-campaign-nbi-associates/

JOIN THE “Give ‘em Hope” GROUP ON FACEBOOK:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/226577107352368

COME AND VISIT OUR SISTER PAGE:https://www.facebook.com/GIVEemHOPE

CONTACT

EMAIL: DavidWatters@nbiassociates.co.uk

Skype: give.em.hope

 


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT EQUAL LOVE IN THE UK


BLOG ARCHIVE FOR EQUAL LOVE STORY IN THE UK

All the news, the couples’ videos and exclusive statements. https://neverblendin.wordpress.com/category/equal-love-articles/  Written by one of the Equal Lovers, David E Watters (Biography below)

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TELEPHONE: 07800813189
SKYPE: never.blend.in
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David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years.
He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education.
He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute(www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates.
He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity.
David is currently promoting a youtube campaign“Give ’em Hope”and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity.
He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and The Harvey Milk Foundation.
His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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TELEPHONE: 07800813189

EQUAL LOVE CAMPAIGN – NTV RUSSIA


The UK Same-sex marriage Bill promotes a debate on NTV Russia.

Anton Wolski, Private NTV correspondent in the UK (London), interviews David Watters, Richard Hull, Peter Tatchell, Colette French, and Katie Green.

Read more: http://www.ntv.ru/novosti/459377/#ixzz2LCHAz2mz

www.equallove.org.uk

 


EQUAL LOVE – UPDATE 5 Feb 2013


UK MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Well done to all who have supported this equality initiative. The petition has had an undoubted impact. The push for the government consultation on marriage equality began with 8 couples who formed the Equal Love Campaign, coordinated by Peter Tatchell – for more on the early stages of how we took the case to the ECHR and forced the governments hand, look at EQUAL LOVE CAMPAIGN page on FB and the website http://www.equallove.org.uk Thank you to all for taking this cause forward in such an active an effective way. There is still much to be done. The end is not quite in sight and, as far as equality for all in this situation, we must support straight couples who seek the option of Civil Partnerships.

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Equality and Other Myths


by David Watters
Feb 24, 2009

I think that this is worth reading, as a historical document, because it shows that even if progress appears to be painfully or woefully slow, progress IS being made.

Unfortunately the link to this full article has gone, but I did just want to look back at an early piece of writing that I had published and which has spurred me on to use my voice to comment on social inequality – online, in print or, if you’re anywhere in the vicinity, in person!

http://www.thegaynation.co.uk/features/real-life/article.php?id=333…

It would be great to hear your thoughts on the article and on the social change that has occurred since first publication in 2009.

EXTRACT:

The recent amendment to the State Constitution of California, Proposition 8, and a similar amendment in Florida, Proposition 2, are seen by LGBT civil rights activists and straight allies as a denial of the American promise of liberty, equality and the pursuit of happiness. There are others, including Malcolm Lazin (Executive Director, Equality Forum), who see this as merely a temporary setback.

Many have claimed that the public were misled and that a large proportion of voters believed that a “YES” vote was a pro-gay vote. It is also well known that the Catholic Church of California asked the Mormon Church of Salt Lake to support their campaign and that millions of dollars were spent by these religious groups to orchestrate a national media campaign.

In May 2008, the Californian Supreme Court ruled that Proposition 22 (March 2000), which specified that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid in California, violated the equal protection clause of the California Constitution. As a result of this ruling, marriage between individuals of the same gender became recognised and valid in the state.

In 2006, President George W. Bush, criticized the judges who had overturned this state law in a speech where he stated that, “Marriage is the most fundamental institution of civilization, and it should not be redefined by activist judges.” In the same speech Bush made further comment on the threat to traditional marriage, “Our policies should aim to strengthen families, not undermine them. And changing the definition of marriage would undermine the family structure.” Bush urged that the issue of same-sex marriage should be put “back where it belongs: in the hands of the American people.”

And so it was that this initiative measure, Proposition 8, or the “California Marriage Protection Act”, was submitted, in accordance with the provisions of Article II, Section 8, of the California Constitution, to the electorate.

The Last Frontier Of Freedom
Daniel Leary, Executive Director of The Committed to Equality Initiative told me that, “The battle for gay rights in the US has been a complicated and surprising one, especially in the past few months. While Proposition 8 was a devastating blow, it has had several positive repercussions. The story of Proposition 6 portrayed in “Milk” is indeed similar, but only in location, genre and struggle. The truth is, the actual propositions were quite different. Proposition 8 is about the right to marry, something some might consider a final frontier in gay rights, whereas Proposition 6 was about outing homosexuals so that they could be removed from their employment. In fact, we have come a long way. An idea like Proposition 6 wouldn’t have a leg to stand on in today’s climate in California, and Proposition 8 was repealing rights that California had already granted, and it very nearly failed”.

In a 1973 speech, during his first unsuccessful run for supervisor, Harvey Milk said, “It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions.”

Stuart Milk says of his uncle, “My uncle was not the first openly LGBT person elected to public office in the US but he was the first to a substantial office and the first to actively proclaim his sexuality and not back up from it. I am very proud of my Uncle both as a dear Uncle whom I lost as a teenager and as a worldwide civil rights visionary!”

I think our equality as Americans has come a long way with race, gender, and religious beliefs; however, I believe sexual orientation is the last frontier of freedom for ALL Americans. Gay American couples are not treated with equality or respect in most states to date. Dr. John R. Shafer, Indianapolis, IN

UNFORTUNATELY, YOU CANT READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:

http://www.thegaynation.co.uk/features/real-life/article.php?id=333…

BUT…I MAY HAVE IT SOMEWHERE…IF… YOU’RE INTERESTED…

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Support Civil Marriage & Civil Partnership Equality


http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Support_Gay_Marriage_in_the_UK/

Why this is important

The UK’s twin legal bans on same-sex civil marriages and opposite-sex civil partnerships are unjust discrimination. In a democratic society, everyone should be equal before the law.We urge that both civil marriages and civil partnerships should be open to gay and heterosexual couples, with no discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The UK government is committed to legalise same-sex civil marriage (not religious marriage) by 2015 but it is refusing to legalise opposite-sex civil partnerships. It currently has a consultation process where it is seeking the views of the public.
The churches have mobilised hundreds of thousands of people to sign a petition against same-sex civil marriages in register offices (which are civil ceremonies that have nothing to do with religion and religious marriages).
We need to counter the government’s and church’s opposition to full equality. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone is entitled to equal treatment and protection against discrimination, including the right to marry.
Legalising same -sex marriage is the recognition that LGBT people are of equal worth, equally part of humanity and have the right to the equal validation of their love. The same principle of equality applies in the case of civil partnerships. Heterosexual couples should be able to have a civil partnership if they wish.
By signing this petition, we can let the government know that we want equality in both civil marriage and civil partnership law. Help us send a message for universal equal rights. It’s in your hands.
7,816 signers so far.
Let’s reach 20,000

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