Marriage equality is like every other civil rights issue… so says Mandy

Faith and Pride

Recently Julian Clary spoke out in favour of marriage equality, likening it to the struggle for women’s suffrage one hundred years ago. In doing so he has made the vital link that these are both matters of civil and human rights and freedoms, not of religious opinions. The same link was made last week in America when the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People voted overwhelmingly to support marriage equality,1 describing it as

one of the key civil rights struggles of our time.2

The NAACP states

When people ask why the NAACP stands firmly for marriage equality, we say that we have always stood against laws which demean, dehumanize, or discriminate against any person in this great country. That is our legacy. For over 103 years we have stood against such laws, and while the nature of the struggle may change, our bedrock commitment to equality…

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