Marriage Is about Joy, Whatever Your Gender
Cooper, Yvette, The Independent on Sunday (London, England)
Yvette Cooper hopes the happiness of wedded equality will drown out the angry brigade
Tomorrow the equal marriage Bill is back in the Commons - and it's about time it got the celebratory fanfare it deserves. So far we've heard the shouting from the Tory right. Ministers are gritting their teeth and wishing it was over. The Prime Minister has gone to ground. Yet this Bill is no embarrassment to be rushed through: it is a cause for celebration and I hope MPs across the Commons will feel proud to pass it this week.
When couples love each other and want to make a commitment we should celebrate not discriminate; it means gay and lesbian couples can love, honour, cherish and, yes, grow old and grumpy together under the banner of marriage just like their parents - just like everyone else.
Some people object to same-sex marriage because they believe it goes against their faith. I respect their views though I disagree with them. But freedom of religion is protected in the Bill so no faith, priest or religious organisation will have to conduct a same- sex marriage.
Others claim that marriage is by definition between a man and a woman or, as the Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, said last week, that the marriage of heterosexual couples is being redefined by this Bill, too. But how on earth does a gay couple throwing confetti at the registry office change my marriage - or Philip's? People shouldn't hide discrimination behind a …
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Publication information: Article title: Marriage Is about Joy, Whatever Your Gender. Contributors: Cooper, Yvette - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent on Sunday (London, England). Publication date: May 19, 2013. Page number: 38. © 2009 The Independent on Sunday. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.