Independent Voices, the powerful new comment, campaigning and community website from The Independent, has launched its very first campaign: to push for gay marriage in Britain. The campaign, called EQUAL PARTNERS, will be launched today and its manifesto is as follows:
Gay couples are more than equal partners in a relationship; they are our equal partners in society. People should be allowed to marry regardless of their sexuality. The institution of marriage can only be strengthened through sexual equality.’
According to Independent Voices, ‘Gay couples are more than equal partners in a relationship; they are our equal partners in society. People should be allowed to marry regardless of their sexuality. The institution of marriage can only be strengthened through sexual equality.’
The EQUAL PARTNERS manifesto will aim to achieve the following;
- Civil marriages should be extended to homosexual couples.
- Religious institutions should be free to marry homosexual couples.
- With cross-party consensus, both the above should be on Britain’s statute book.
- Readers are being asked to help deliver this powerful message by signing the petition at independentvoices.com
Launched on Monday 10th September, IndependentVoices.com is an editorial brand extension that houses all the intelligent, internationally respected, and often controversial opinions of Independent writers as well as guest columnists. It has been designed to make a significant contribution on many of the biggest issues of our day and will run ongoing campaigns that aim to overturn injustices and change government policy. Amol Rajan, former Deputy Comment Editor, will be its Editor and Evgeny Lebedev, owner of The Independent titles and Evening Standard, will be its Editor-in-Chief.
Evgeny Lebedev, Chairman of Independent Print Limited, said: At The Independent we pride ourselves on not being afraid of speaking out about political injustices. Independent Voices aims to give a platform for both our writers and readers to voice their concerns, in order to make positive change.
Independentvoices.com has been created following recent polling data, which shows that 70% of Britons are interested in campaign and debate, and that The Independent is the most trustworthy newspaper in the UK (more than twice The Times). The website is fully interactive and aims to build a community with existing readers and their peers. Those visiting the site can share articles they are reading with Facebook and Twitter, as well as react to individual stories by clicking options from ‘Strongly Agree’ to ‘Strongly Disagree’.
Amol Rajan, Editor of Independent Voices, said: ‘What a terrible indictment of British politics it would be if all three main party leaders support gay marriage but we can’t legalise it. Marriage shouldn’t be about whether you’re gay; it should be about whether you’re human. I want independentvoices.com to marry strong editorial content with brilliant viral campaigns, and EQUAL PARTNERS is just the start of our transformation of journalism.
Readers are being asked to help deliver this powerful message by signing the petition at independentvoices.com