Resounding Votes in France and Britain for the Freedom to Marry
Communications Associate, Freedom to Marry
New York -- Britain's Parliament voted 400-175 to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in England and Wales yesterday, with the measure on track for another positive vote in the House of Commons before final approval by the House of Lords; the legislation has the support of Conservative Party Prime Minister David Cameron. The historic vote in the British Parliament followed a weekend vote by the French National Assembly, 249-97, for similar freedom to marry legislation. A final Assembly vote is scheduled for Feb. 12 before the bill is sent to the Senate and then President François Hollande, who campaigned on his support for the freedom to marry and is ready to sign the legislation.
Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, released this statement:
"With France, England, and Wales poised to become the next countries to embrace the freedom to marry, it’s clear that the momentum we see here in the United States for ending marriage discrimination is, in fact, a global movement toward greater freedom and equality for all – and the U.S. should be leading, not lagging. America cannot afford to fall behind its closest allies and trade partners in this global economy, and needs to do right by its families, as a right-of-center British prime minister and left-of-center French president have called on their parliaments to do, with resounding success."
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. In addition to our domestic work, we have counseled and assisted in successful campaigns to end marriage discrimination in other nations around the world, including Britain and France..