One Fifth Of Britons Would Turn Down Invite To Same-Sex Wedding

New survey arrives the day before gay marriage made legal...


by Sophie Wilkinson |
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Over the past year, much has been made of the progress of the rights of same-sex couples, and when the clock strikes midnight tonight (25th March 2014), new legislation comes in which means a man can marry another man and a woman can marry another woman.

However, even though it's enshrined in law doesn't mean that everyone in Britain thinks it's a good idea, as a new survey shows that 22 per cent - one fifth - of British people would turn down an invite to a gay wedding.

Not realising that gay people will throw a great wedding - not because they're better at flower-organising or have fabulous dance moves - but simply because gay marriage is so dearly wanted and fought for, these stick-in-the-muds simply wouldn't go along to see two people unite in matrimony.

The BBC Radio 5 Live (imagine if Radio 1 had done the survey) said that 68 per cent of people agreed gay marriage should be permitted, with 26% saying it shouldn't.

So maybe we should be appreciative of those apparent four per cent of people who don't agree with gay marriage but would go along to a same-sex wedding as a guest. Hopefully they'd go for the free canapés and eventually be so won over that they'd actually agree with gay marriage, and that's progress, right?

Gay rights charity Stonewall says we need to focus on the 68 per cent of people who would accept an invite to a gay wedding, and appreciate 'This is a landmark moment and for the first time ever, someone young growing up knowing they are gay can have the exact same avenues open to them, [and know] that their relationship will be valued the same way their parents' was.'

Some more of those stats provide for very interesting reading: 75 per cent of women are for gay marriage ecompared with 61 per cent of men (expect loooong queues at the ladies' at the next gay wedding you go to). And 59 per cent of people agreed that a person isn't necessarily homophobic for opposing the legalisation of gay marriages.

And, even if you don't buy that, all the mean feelings are literally going to die out soon - 80 per cent of young people back same-sex marriage legislation, whereas only 44 per cent of those over 65 approve of it.

All said and done, gay rights still have a long way to go, good job this massive stepping stone has been laid.

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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