I am sure many of you will have seen the interview with The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.
He told The Daily Telegraph newspaper: “Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. I don’t think it is the role of the state to define what marriage is. It is set in tradition and history and you can’t just [change it] overnight, no matter how powerful you are.”
He then appears to compare the prime minister to a dictator stating: “We’ve seen dictators do it in different contexts and I don’t want to redefine very clear social structures that have been in existence for a long time and then overnight the state believes it could go in a particular way. It’s almost like somebody telling you that the Church, whose job is to worship God [will be] an arm of the Armed Forces. They must take arms and fight. You’re completely changing tradition.”
The thing that the Archbishop, and others who share his views don’t realise is that we are used to fighting for our rights. We fought for an equal age of consent and we fought for the abolition of Section 28. It took time but we won.
Marriage, of course is not for everyone but we have a right to choose. We will fight for this right. There is no way that we are just going to accept it and say “Ok, we don’t want to be able to get married after all”.
If we stick together, if we campaign and if we fight, we will succeed. We’ve done it before and we can do it again.