Britain’s coalition government is aiming to legalize same-sex “marriage” before the next federal election in 2015, announced Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone on Saturday. The move comes after the “personal intervention” of Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, reports the U.K.’s Daily Mail.
“I believe that to deny one group of people the same opportunities offered to another is not only discrimination, but is not fair,” said Featherstone. The government will begin formal consultations on the issue in March.
Same-sex couples in Britain have been able to access comparable benefits to married couples since 2005 when the country legalized same-sex “civil partnerships.” The government’s latest effort would focus strictly on changing the perennial definition of marriage.
Despite the government’s pledge, homosexual activists are complaining that the government has not gone far enough.
In a Monday op-ed, famed homosexual activist Peter Tatchell slammed the government for waiting until March. “Why do we need any consultation at all? The ban on same-sex marriage is homophobic discrimination and should be repealed immediately,” he said.