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Commenting upon the Equal Civil Marriage Consultation, Anne Longfield OBE, Chief Executive of 4Children said:
We at 4Children know that modern families come in all different shapes and sizes. All the indications are that committed couples, whatever their sexual orientation, create the most stable two parent families. LGBT parents, sometimes mindful of trouble in their own early lives, are often the most nurturing parents.
So we urge the Prime Minister to stick to the course he has laid out, and deliver marriage equality for LGBT families, whatever the pressures he is facing.
We are pleased to note that none of the doom and gloom pronouncements about the ‘end of marriage’ that were made during the passage of the Civil Partnerships Act have come to pass. The dissolution rate for civil partnerships has been markedly lower than the divorce rate for marriages.”
To further demonstrate support for IDAHO, 4Children have chosen today to submit our response to the Government’s Equal Civil Marriage: a Consultation, supporting this step forward for equality, and asking the government to go further where there is a clear case for doing so.
The full response can be found here
Notes to Editors
For further information please contact:
William Staynes at William.email@example.com (0207 522 6991 or 07833098911)
4Children is the national charity all about children and families. We have spearheaded a joined-up, integrated approach to children’s services and work with a wide range of partners around the country to ensure children and families have access to the services and support they need in their communities. We run Sure Start Children’s Centres as well as family and youth services across Britain.
We develop, influence and shape national policy on all aspects of the lives of children, young people and families. As the Government’s strategic partner for early years and childcare we have a crucial role in co-producing policy with the Department of Education and representing the sector’s views and experiences. Our national campaigns, like Give Me Strength, change policy and practice and put the needs of children and families on the political and policy agenda.
For more information visit www.4children.org.uk
IDAHO is the International Day Against Homophobia on May 17. The website can be accessed here.