Today I received an e-mail from my local councillor passing on an e-mail from a constituent. The constituent’s e-mail referred to the Home Office consultation that is currently taking place on same sex marriage. It said that they didn’t think it had much publicity and encouraged people, particularly those who had strong views against same sex marriage, to respond to the consultation. It gave some quote that it appeared to attribute to the local MP encouraging people to object to the proposals. My councillor encouraged us to circulate the e-mail to those in our e-mail contact lists.
I was so angry to get that e-mail. I sat and fumed and tried to decide what to do. I passed a copy to my MP and asked if that was indeed a quite from him and asked what his views are on the proposals. I also wrote back to my local councillor and told him that I was very offended to be sent such an e-mail and the consultation sought views from all, not just those who held strong views. I said that I hoped we lived in a society that did not discriminate based on race, gender, disability, sexuality or other irrelevant factor, and that whilst I understood that some, including religious groups had concerns, the consultation explicitly explained that it excluded such proposals as same sex marriages being allowed on religious premises. No same sex marriage will be allowed on religious premises, even if that religious group would like to be able to conduct such a ceremony.
The councillor wrote back and apologised. Although I am not 100% clear on whether he was sorry he had offended me or whether he was sorry for the content of the message.
In an attempt to undo some of the harm done by my councillor circulating that e-mail, let me encourage you to respond to the consultation.
It is not acceptable to discriminate against someone based on their sexuality. It would not be acceptable if you substituted “race” for “sexuality”. We live in a society that should be about fairness and equality. Please support the government’s proposals - words that I never thought I would say given our current government!