A petition has been launched to ban gay people from marrying in Britain. But it hasn’t gone as planned.

Kerry-anne Mendoza

While many were celebrating love this Valentine’s Day, the creator of the ‘ban gay marriage’ petition was not. But although the petition itself is pretty toxic, the reaction of most people has been refreshing.

The petition

The petition is hosted on the government’s website, and entitled ‘To define marriage as exclusively only between one man and one woman.’ It has received over 2,500 signatures at time of writing, and its author William George states:

The definition of marriage by the UK parliament should be the traditional definition of One Man and One Woman, nothing else, and should be taught as such in the education system.

What this means in practice is revoking the right of same sex couples to marry. And it would also forbid same-sex relationships being given parity in sex and relationship education in schools.

The reaction

The petition continues to attract signatures. However, when it began circulating on Facebook, many took to the comments section to air their grievances.

Similar reactions began whizzing around Twitter too.

https://twitter.com/lonelymemes/status/833159982413656064

To see this reaction to an attack on the LGBT community is a reminder of how far Britain has come in this struggle. And that is has to happen at all, is a reminder of the work still to do. Bottom line: agitating against other groups being granted rights you already enjoy is not activism, it is oppression.

Featured image via UK Government and Parliament Petition Site

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