Baroness Liz Barker today told her colleagues in the House of Lords that she is in a same-sex relationship. Speaking about the marriage equality bill being debated by the chamber today, Barker said she had to declare a personal interest in the legislation. ”Many years ago, I had the great good fortune to meet someone,” Barker said. “She and I have loved each other ever since.”
She continued, “What we are doing today does not undermine any existing or future marriage. It extends the status of marriage to gay men and lesbians who want to make a public commitment in the presence of their families and friends, and sometimes their co-religionists. It reflects the wishes of those people who today do not want just to tolerate lesbians and gay men; they want to celebrate and support them as people in their own right.”
Only a handful of openly LGBT peers have served in the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the British Parliament.
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