Some of our wonderful supporters!

Why are you supporting the campaign?

“It is vital that opposite-sex couples have the option of securing legal protection without having to participate in an institution that is traditionally and symbolically associated with religion and patriarchy.”

Clare Chambers, Cambridge

“I would like to be able to formalise my commitment to my partner and mother of my children, giving her the independence and legal security she deserves without the need for the outdated traditions and formalities of marriage.”

Joseph Gaze, Letchworth Garden City

“Whilst it is a wonderful and just thing that civil partnerships and marriage are now options for same-sex partners, it is unfathomable why civil partnerships should be denied to those of us in opposite-sex couples who have no desire (for valid reasons not relating to our genuine commitment to each other) to be married. The fact that we would have to marry to share the same rights as a married couple, after 16 years together and counting, is simply not justifiable.”

Heather Goldie, London

“We must have equality of choice regardless of sexual preference.”

Cllr Anna Bailey, Ely

“Although I will probably opt for the traditional route should I ever get married, I believe we should have the option to do either. Anyone who would like to have a civil partnership should have one, regardless of if that is me or not.”

Holly Grahan, London

“I believe in equality. I don’t especially believe in marriage. All couples should be able to choose what is right for them. There should be no discrimination.”

Nicola Freeman, London

“My partner and I have been together 30 years. We have 2 children (18 and 21). We have a mortgage. We have worked and paid tax throughout. If we’re not entitled to the benefits and protections of a civil partnership, then I don’t know who is.”

Michael Carton, Ickenham

“I’ve been in a long-term partnership for 40 years. We do not want to get married for personal and political reasons but we do want the same legal rights as married couples and same-sex couples. We have taken financial and legal responsibility for each other as required under UK cohabitation laws and been treated the same way as a married couple rather than two individuals for welfare rights and a host of other provisions, so why are we not entitled to the full range of legal rights that married couples enjoy? It’s a double standard and unequal treatment!”

Nicola Harwin, Bristol

“I’m signing because I want to be recognised as my partner’s ‘partner’, not a ‘wife’.”

Gemma Daly, Hatfield

“A single word – Equality.”

Alisha Gillin, Milton Keynes

“In the debates about gay marriage, those who were against allowing gay marriage cited the inherent religious nature of marriage. While I totally support and believe in the right of homosexuals to be married if that’s what they want, equally heterosexuals who are not religious or do not want to be associated with the patriarchal history of marriage shouldn’t have to choose between that and not having protection under the law. Both heterosexual and homosexual couples should have the equal right to choose what type of ceremony and label fits their beliefs and relationship. Additionally, by not allowing heterosexuals to have civil partnerships you are still privileging the institution of marriage and all of the historical baggage it comes with.”

Shiva Riahi, London

“I would like to be able to enter into a civil partnership with my heterosexual partner of almost 30 years. I have no desire to be married and to take on the considerable cultural baggage associated with that.”

Ros McIntyre, Herne Bay

“This would provide equality for all. I believe marriage is something that many people would not willingly choose if offered the alternative of civil partnership, letting go of centuries of patriarchy is very appealing to me.”

Tony Wilkinson, Twickenham

“This kind of inequality makes a nonsense of the law if allowed to continue!”

Stephen Mays, London

“I oppose discrimination and support civil partnerships for all couples who choose them.”

Stephen Hallett, London

“The right to equality before the law is a fundamental right that should not be denied to opposite-sex couples.”

Desmond Banks, London

“The denial of equal rights for both gay and heterosexual couples discriminates against both and flies in the face of the intention of providing “Equality”. It is high time that this hypocrisy was ended and the stranglehold of ideology on human rights was released. This denial of absolute equality in rights is nothing less than a restructuring of “separate but equal” which is a fundamentally flawed approach.”

William Prensky, Brooklyn, New York

“The government must end the inequality which prevents opposite-sex couples registering as civil partners. My partner and I do not favour marriage but would register as civil partners which would give us certain rights under the law which we do not currently have.”

Martin Elliff, Long Wittenham


Politicians

Graham Brady, MP for Altrincham and Sale West and Chair of the Conservative Party 1922 Committee

Caroline Lucas, Co-Leader of the Green Party and MP for Brighton Pavilion

Tim Loughton, Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham

Crispin Blunt, Conservative MP for Reigate

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Baroness Gould, Deputy Speaker of the Lords (Labour)

Greg Mulholland, Chair of Liberal Democrat Campaigns and MP for Leeds North West

Dominic Grieve QC, Conservative MP for Beaconsfield

Liz Kendall, Labour MP for Leicester West

Women’s Equality Party

Nigel Adams, Conservative MP for Selby and Ainsty

Rob Marris, Labour MP for Wolverhampton South West

Sarah Champion, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities and Labour MP for Rotherham

Keith Prince, Conservative London Assembly Member

Tulip Siddiq, Shadow Minister for Education and MP for Hampstead and Kilburn

Heidi Alexander, Labour MP for Lewisham East

Henry Smith, Conservative MP for Crawley

Kate Green, Labour MP for Stretford and Urmston

Sir Peter Bottomley, Conservative MP for Worthing West

Dr Rupa Huq, Shadow Home Office Minister and MP for Ealing Central and Acton

Valerie Vaz, Shadow Leader of the Commons and MP for Walsall South

Jonathan Edwards, Plaid Cymru MP for Carmathen East and Dinefwr

Jon Cruddas, Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham

Jude Kirton-Darling, Labour MEP for the North East

David Nuttall, Conservative MP for Bury North

Jim Dowd, Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge

Liz Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Cat Smith, Labour MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood

Andrew Boff, Conservative London Assembly Member

Angela Eagle, Labour MP for Wallasey

Catherine West, Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister and MP for Hornsey and Wood Green

Anneliese Dodds, Labour MEP for the South East

Caroline Russell, Green Party London Assembly Member

Yvonne Fovargue, Labour MP for Makerfield

Alex Cunningham, Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions and MP for Stockton North

Wes Streeting, Labour MP for Tower Hamlets

Tommy Sheppard, SNP MP for Edinburgh East

Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East

Mike Gapes, Labour MP for Ilford South

Alan Meale, Labour MP for Mansfield

Stephen Twigg, Labour MP for Liverpool, West Derby

Andy Slaughter, Labour MP for Hammersmith

Julie Girling, Conservative MEP for the South West

Jeff Smith, Labour MP for Manchester, Withington

Sian Berry, Green Party London Assembly Member

Gavin Shuker, Labour MP for Luton South

Mark Durkan, SDLP MP for Foyle

Liz McInnes, Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister and MP for Heywood and Middleton

Roger Godsiff, Labour MP for Birmingham, Hall Green

Chris Bryant, Labour MP for Rhondda

Geoffrey Robinson, Labour MP for Coventry North West

Martyn Day, SNP MP for Lithlingow and East Falkirk

Carolyn Harris, Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and MP for Swansea East

Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Home Affairs and MP for Orkney and Shetland

Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central

Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Shadow Chief Whip

Kelvin Hopkins, Labour MP for Luton North

Seb Dance, Labour MEP for London

Andrew Dismore, Labour London Assembly Member

Virendrar Sharma, Labour MP for Ealing Southall

Public figures

Caroline Criado-Perez, journalist and campaigner

Owen Jones, Guardian journalist and campaigner

Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner

Fiona Miller, journalist and campaigner

Elsie Owusu OBE, founding member of Society of Black Architects

Professor Rob Wintemute, Professor of Human Rights Law at King’s College, London

Ben Rich, political strategist

Martin Loat, founder and CEO of Propeller Group

Ellie O’Hagan, journalist and campaigner

Organisations

Liberty

UNISON Women

TUC Women

Women’s Budget Group

Peter Tatchell Foundation

Humanist Society Scotland

Equality Network

Progressive Women

The Great Initiative

Engender, Scottish women’s equality campaign