Religious representatives meet minister to support gay marriage

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Leaders from three religious groups have continued to voice their support marriage equality by meeting with equalities minister Lynne Featherstone on the issue.

The chief executive of Liberal Judaism, a progressive strand of the religion, Rabbi Danny Rich joined representatives from the Quakers and Unitarians, who have also played a key role in efforts to get a change in the law.

Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone is heading up the Coalition Government’s consultation on how to implement equal marriage for same sex couples.

Rabbi Rich said: “Because of the early lead taken by the Quakers, Unitarians and Liberal Judaism in previous consultations on civil marriage, the heads of the three organisations were invited to meet with the minister.

“I put the Liberal Jewish view forward clearly. Although there was sympathy for its contents, the Coalition Government is currently under a number of pressures.

“The fact the meeting took place is not confidential, but the content of course is.”

Meanwhile, the campaign has seen a major success in Scotland – with Glasgow City Council unanimously voting for a motion to allow same-sex marriage.

Danny added: “I am delighted that Glasgow City Council has joined the efforts of Liberal Judaism and others to provide equality in marriage. It is a simple matter of justice.”