The Green Party are showing its support to same-sex marriage, at local, national and European levels of government.
The Green Party has a proud history of supporting LGBT rights, having been supporting equal marriage longer than any other political party. In the early years of the London Assembly, it was Green Assembly Member Darren Johnson who proposed the idea of civil partnerships to Ken Livingstone as Mayor, a move which paved the way for civil partnerships to be introduced under Labour.
Caroline Lucas MP said:
The Green party has always supported LGBT equality and we’ve always supported equal marriage. We think it’s absolutely right that same sex and opposite sex couples can either get married or indeed enter into civil partnership arrangements. It’s a matter of basic human rights. The Government must now bring in legislation to enshrine equal rights and equal marriage into law.
Keith Taylor MEP added:
I believe that marriage should be open to all couples, regardless of gender, sexuality or religious belief, as a means of affirming their love and commitment to each other. In my response to the government's consultation I've argued that we need full equality and that there shouldn't be a blanket ban on religious marriages between same sex couples. It's astonishing that the government is proposing to prevent all religious marriage for homosexual couples, even when a religion wants to be able to conduct these ceremonies. I really hope that the government will take this opportunity to introduce full equality so that all couples who want to are able to commit to marriage.