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If you only do one thing today...

Originally posted by seph_hazard at If you only do one thing today...
Originally posted by ozisim at If you only do one thing today...
...make sure that ALL Geeks can get married if they want to!

Dear UK Flisters,

I know I'm preaching to the choir with you guys when it comes to LGBT equality, but believing something is fair and actually getting off your bum and doing something about it doesn't always follow like it should. So here's a little (and slightly preachy) reminder!!

Three things I'd like you all to do before you go to bed tonight (if you haven't already)

1/ Go here and sign the C4EM's petition for marriage equality. This is the simplest and probably most visible way to show your support. It currently has 60,000 signatures -- the petition against (by C4M) has over 500,000!!!

2/ Go here and fill out the government's consultation. It might take a little bit longer, but you can bet that for every pro-person who doesn't find the time, there will be dozens of 'anti' people who will.

3/ Email your MP. There's a handy template there for you to use so you don't even have to think of what to say. Also, you can go here to see where your MP stands on the issue. A hugely important thing to do because the majority of MPs will be voting with their conscience rather than following the party line, so make sure you let yours know your feelings.

4/ Okay, so I lied. There's actually a fourth thing. And that is simply spread the word. The consultation ends in two day - it's our last chance to get as many people mobilised as possible. So tweet it, Facebook, blog it, beat your friends and family around the head with it until they give in!!! And if you want to repost to your own journal (and please feel free to edit), here's an ever-so helpful button

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woolymonkey
Jun. 13th, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
I did 2 a while back, but had somehow missed 1, so thanks for the poke.
I'm afraid I can't face 3. See recent post about my democratic representatives.
Will do my best with 4.
la_marquise_de_
Jun. 13th, 2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
I can't face 3 either, alas...
coth
Jun. 13th, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
I also did 2 a while back, as the website helpfully reminded me when I clicked your link. So I've done 1.

3 and 4 fall, I'm afraid - too much else to do, and my MP has recently been bereaved with the unexpected death of his undergraduate and only daughter so I think I won't bug him right now even for something like this.
la_marquise_de_
Jun. 13th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
We all do what we can. That's the best anyone can do.
much_of_a
Jun. 13th, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks, done 1 and 2. Can't really do 3 from work. Looks like Huppert claims to be for, anyway.
la_marquise_de_
Jun. 13th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
rmc28
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
He's definitely for equal marriage.
dorispossum
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
Done. Including Huppert, though I'd expect him to vote the right way on this one.
birdsedge
Jun. 13th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
Done. Apparently my Concervative MP (for whom I did not vote) does not support LGBT marriage because he fears it will lead to religious organisations being forced into performing marriages against their will. Perhaps he should read his own government's policy documernts more thoroughly. I have had words with him.
la_marquise_de_
Jun. 13th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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la_marquise_de_
Jun. 14th, 2012 09:13 am (UTC)
Thank you!
I understand your reservations about marriage, but as you say, if we have it, it should be equal.
And boo to your MP.
pennski
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
1 & 2 done.
frostfox
Jun. 13th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
Done, and boosting the signal.

FF
la_marquise_de_
Jun. 14th, 2012 09:14 am (UTC)
Thank you!
major_clanger
Jun. 13th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
1 and 2 done.

My view on what religions should do is that in general they should have their own policy as to religious marriages. If there is a significant difference in opinion within a religion, it is likely to schism. However, what isn't acceptable is for a religion to enjoy the privilege of being the established state faith and still say it has the right to set its own rules. You can have one or the other, but not both, and if the Anglican Church wants to remain established (something I think is a ridiculous anachronism anyway) then it should embrace full equality.
la_marquise_de_
Jun. 14th, 2012 09:16 am (UTC)
I'd like to see marriage fully secularised, legally, I have to say.
vicarage
Jun. 13th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
Survey done, very quick. Can't see the point of a petition on a pressure group's own website
attimes_bracing
Jun. 14th, 2012 05:51 am (UTC)
1-3 done.
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