Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has issued a response to a poster from Coalition for Marriage, which criticised his role in making same-sex marriage a reality.
He responded on twitter after the group released a poster claiming that “Nick Clegg forced same-sex marriage on Britain”. The Deputy Prime Minister tweeted: “Don’t think I’ve actually forced anyone into a same-sex marriage but proud to have given people the choice though.”
His tweet was retweeted several thousand times, with many twitter users showing him support and ridiculing Coalition for Marriage’s absurd suggestion.
According to its website, Coalition for Marriage is “an umbrella group of individuals and organisations in the UK that support traditional marriage and opposed its redefinition…and is backed by politicians, lawyers, academics and religious leaders.” It is composed by the same group that make up Scotland for Marriage that opposed Equal Marriage in the Scottish Parliament.
The two organisations campaigned vociferously against marriage equality, claiming that marriage is “unique” and warning of “profound consequences [if] marriage is redefined.” Coalition for Marriage and Marriage for Scotland have been active in lobbying politicians in recent years and is generally seen as the leading campaign group against marriage equality. Its directors also have close links to conservative evangelical organisations Christian Concern, the Christian Institute, CARE and the Evangelical Alliance.
In spite of campaigning under the slogan “don’t play politics with marriage”, Coalition for Marriage has used the General Election campaign to attack leading political figures it sees as responsible for introducing same-sex marriage, as well as urging the public to use their vote “for real marriage on May 7th”.
Caron Lindsay, treasurer of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, told KaleidoScot: “I am very proud that Nick Clegg was the first leader to enthusiastically and comfortably back equality in marriage and that the Lib Dems were the driving force behind its implementation. He’s very good at using social media to get his point across in funny and pithy fashion. I’m glad he’s stood up to the Coalition for Marriage who don’t seem to understand the basics of parliamentary democracy.”