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

Support us and go ad-free

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.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

Similar reactions began whizzing around Twitter too.


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

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed