All human beings should have the right to the same basic human rights. The right to marry is one of those rights. We would not dream now of banning black people from marriage, or disabled people. So why gay people? This is an issue of freedom, choice and dignity. Not all gay people want to get married, just as many straight people choose not to. But that is choice. At the moment, I and many, many other gay people do not have that choice. Giving me a fake pretend marriage in civil partnerships is not good enough – the government telling me that I am not good enough to get married is unacceptable. Gay people will always exist – get over it and treat us like human beings!
Gay people should be able to choose to get married, rather than being stuck with a second rate runners’ up prize. Civil partnerships are, in their own way, an advance. But it is like telling black people they can get on the white peoples’ bus but only if they stand up for the journey.