Advocates for Marriage Equality in Great Britain held a direct action event outside Buckingham Palace Monday morning to call attention to our cause. The following comes via Peter Tatchell of Equal Love.
Gay couples want the right to marry too.
London - 26 April 2011
Supporters of the Equal Love campaign presented a giant wedding card for Prince William and Kate Middleton outside the gates of Buckingham Palace yesterday, Monday 25 April.
As well as wishing the royal couple "congratulations" and "a happy life together", the campaigners highlighted the ban on gay civil marriage and urged Kate and William to support the right of same-sex couples to marry in a register office. Cupcakes with Equal Love logos were handed out to tourists and passers by. Dozens of people signed the card.
The card read: "Congratulations William and Kate on your Wedding Day. We wish you a happy life together. You can get married, gay people can't. We are banned by law. We ask you to support marriage equality. Equal=Love."
"As well as wishing the royal couple happiness, our card highlighted the fact that William and Kate can marry, but same-sex couples cannot. In democratic society, we should all be equal before the law. The ban on gay marriage is discrimination and should be repealed," said coordinator of Monday's 12 noon event, Peter Tatchell of the Equal Love campaign.
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