MP supports full rights for gay couples
BRISTOL East Labour MP Kerry McCarthy has joined Labour's campaign to ensure equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.
Labour believes they should have an equal right to marry and deserve the same recognition from the state and society as anyone else.
Commenting on the Government's consultation on equal civil marriage, Ms McCarthy said: "I have always been a supporter of equal marriage and I am proud that seven years ago it was a Labour Government that introduced civil partnerships.
"Since their introduction, thousands of gay and lesbian people have had their relationships recognised and they have received many of the same rights of married straight couples. However they have not been able to use the word 'marriage', which is a word which means a lot in our society. It is now time to take the next step and deliver marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.
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"Changing the law to support gay marriage is the right thing to do and is an important way for the state and society to recognise, respect and celebrate loving, long-term commitment in all its forms."
Equal Civil Marriages are due to come into force by 2015.