Nick Clegg has become the highest profile member of the Coalition Government to record a video message for the Out4Marriage equality campaign.
The Deputy Prime Minister, and leader of the Liberal Democrats, is the latest member of the coalition go voice his support for gay marriage. Theresa May, the Home Secretary and Lynn Featherstone, the equalities minister, are other members of the Coalition who had already recorded video messages for the Out4Marriage campaign.
While David Cameron is a supporter of gay marriage he has yet to record a message for Out4Marriage. A wide range of politicians across the political spectrum have in the past few weeks such as Green MP Caroline Lucas, Ed Balls, Yvonne Cooper, Jack Straw and MEP Michael Cashman.
In his video message Mr. Clegg said it was only a matter of time before same-sex marriage was legalised in the UK. Earlier this year at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Gateshead Mr. Clegg promised his party that gay and lesbian couples would be able to marry in England and Wales “by 2015”.
The Coalition’s public consultation on gay marriage in England and Wales closed last Thursday. In Scotland the SNP administration has held a consultation of its own – prior to the Westminster one – and has indicated it is inclined to legalise same-sex marriages north of the border. The Church of England criticised the government for proposing to change the institution of marriage claiming same-sex marriages would undermine society and the “traditional” family unit. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell accused the Church of “scare-mongering”