With all the buzz about the royal wedding, it’s no wonder that the question of whether or not the royal family supports gay marriage has been raised. UK Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called on Prince William and Kate Middleton to speak up about gay rights.
A group of gay activists arrived at Buckingham Palace waving pink Union Jack flags to unveil their wedding card for the couple as part of the Equal Love campaign. In the UK, civil partnerships are banned for both heterosexual and homosexual couples, and same-sex marriage is banned.
“Kate and William are lucky – they can get married. Gay couples can’t –
that’s not fair. In a democratic society marriage should be open to
everyone,” Tatchell says. “We hope that within the confines of royal protocol somehow Kate and
William will find a way to express their support for marriage equality,
so that same-sex couples can have the same right as they have to get
married if they wish.”
In addition, Tatchell has openly criticized the guest list – and unlike most of us, he’s not just mad because he’s not on it. He’s offended by the inclusion of the Prince of Bahrain — a royal tyrant — on the guest list, though the Prince has declined the invitation. “There are seven other royal tyrants on the guest list from countries
like Saudi Arabia, Swaziland, Qatar and Brunei,” says Tatchell. “That is very offensive
to the victims.”