Upon the strike of midnight this evening, it will finally be legal in England & Wales for same sex couples to marry.
Me and my colleagues have been closely watching this historic change unfold and have through our previous blogs looked at the impact the legislation will have generally http://bit.ly/1cUeBVi http://bit.ly/1jCfwPl
However, although it does not surprise me that there is still opposition to same sex marriage, I was somewhat surprised to hear this morning through the BBC News website that out of a poll of 1,007 people surveyed 22% said they would spurn an invitation to attend a same-sex wedding ceremony. Some 29% of men asked said they would not attend, compared with 16% of women. On average, about one in five British adults would turn down an invitation to a same-sex wedding, research has suggested.
My faith however in the British population was soon put back to rights again upon noting that four in five people would accept an invitation to a gay wedding and that 68% agreed gay marriage should be permitted. The research also found that younger people were more likely to support same-sex marriage, with 80% of 18 to 34-year-olds backing it, compared with 44% of over-65s.
Clearly, this is a landmark moment in our legal history and it is encouraging to note that more people encourage and welcome the change, especially those younger members of society who are our future law makers, leaders and politicians who will be able to shape attitudes and acceptance in this change.
I am pleased that finally at the stroke of midnight equality in marriage will now be available to everyone and we will begin to hear along side those famous husband and wife words “I now pronounce you husband and husband ” I now pronounce you wife and wife”
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