Target: British House of Lords
Goal: Applaud the British House of Lords for supporting marriage equality
Around the world, the fight for equal marriage divides countries. Different countries are making different kinds of progress on the issue. Great Britain has a bill going through Parliament to legalize gay marriage. It was recently passed by the House of Lords and should be legalized soon. The House of Commons passed the bill before the House of Lords, with a vote of 390 to 148.
Currently in Great Britain, civil unions are the closest thing to marriage for same-sex couples. However, civil unions only have some of the same rights as a marriage, so it is not equal. The bill is being sent back to the House of Commons to amend it before it is enacted.
The bill allows gay couples to get married in England and Wales, in either civil or religious ceremonies. The Church of England does not have to provide marriage ceremonies for gay couples under the law because of the mixed positions of the church.
The definition of marriage as only between a man and woman will end when the bill becomes law. Supporters of the bill wore pink carnations to celebrate the victory. The queen is supposed to say if she approves of the bill or not very soon. It is only right that this wonderful entity be extended to all people regardless of who they love.
Dear House of Lords,
Other countries will see your country as an example when it comes to the progress you have made in gay rights. The bill you just approved will allow gay people to get married. That is a huge step towards progress for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. It is easy to see that the efforts of multiple progressive interest groups in your country have finally paid off.
The House of Commons must finalize the bill now before it becomes law. Passage through the House of Lords was the final step towards securing the bill to become law. Now gay people no longer will have to have civil unions, and they can have the same rights as straight people have always had through marriage.
The fight for equal rights does not end here. Many countries are further behind Great Britain and are more deeply divided over the issue. The fact that Parliament passed bill shows that progress is possible. Thank you for setting an example for the rest of the world to follow.
[Your Name Here]
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