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Gay marriage support gets festive in Britain

If you're going to send just one Christmas card this year, make it this one...

It feels like the issue of legalising gay marriage in the UK is at a stand still, many MP’s are opposing to the idea, whereas celebrities and sport stars from across the globe are voicing their support. And now the NUS (National Union of Students) have started a campaign.

‘I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus’ is a campaign that was launched on 28th November and hopes to encourage members of the public to come forward and show their support for the issue by downloading the card and sending it to David Cameron, urging him to do the same.

Within three days they already had 500 responses, and you can add to that number.

Finn McGoldrick, NUS LGBT Officer has said, “We are excited to see students getting involved and telling the government we are tired of waiting for equal marriage. It’s important because separate is never equal and LGBT students know they have a right to equality.

It’s a different campaign because it’s grassroots; it’s the community coming together to demand equal marriage now. No more stalling Mr. Cameron, all we want for Christmas is a vote on equal marriage!”

Sky Yarlett, LGBT Officer, also made a statement, saying, “I think that this campaign will put a positive light back onto the issue of equal marriage and reinvigorate the campaign. We’re incredibly proud of the students who have been campaigning within their institutions and will be involved in this.”

The card which reads: ‘I saw daddy kissing Santa Clause’ can be posted directly to the Prime Minister, or supporters have the option to send it online, and have the NUS deliver it prior to Christmas, which is also available.

With the festive season fast approaching, it is highly unlikely that we will see a vote passed on equal marriage before 2012 is out, despite the launch and close of the consultation taking place over five months ago now. NUS LGBT want everyone to stand side by side and show that we believe that a couple, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, have the right to choose between a marriage and a civil partnership and now is the time to make it happen.

Words Daniel Johnston

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