February 7, 2013

A Victory for Civil Rights in Britain

Irish Times, Irish Times

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Tuesday's overwhelming House of Commons vote in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry is a historic step towards equal rights for a minority that, within recent memory, was persecuted and criminalised. Further legislative obstacles remain in the path of marriage equality in England and Wales and public opinion remains divided on the issue.

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Two of the wealthiest Western democracies are now on the verge of having full marriage equality: Britain and France. The vote yesterday in the Commons – 400 – 175 – was echoed in the French National Assembly five days ago... more ››
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