Today the Government published its much-talked-about Bill to legalise same-sex civil marriage and same-sex marriage in places of worship. Culture Secretary Maria Miller, who introduced the legislation, said it will ensure “equal and fair” treatment of gay couples while maintaining the right to religious freedom by ensuring religious institutions that don’t wish to hold such ceremonies are not required to do so.
Over recent years we’ve made significant strides when it comes to discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in this country. Only a few decades ago, such prejudice and intolerance was the norm.
This week Liberty turned 78 years old. It’s hard to believe but it’s now been more than three quarters of a century since we were first formed as the National Council for Civil Liberties. That sounds like a long time, but the similarities between February 1934 and February 2012 are quite startling.