Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson is the latest high-profile figure – and perhaps the richest – to publicly lend his support to same-sex marriage law reform.
Speaking in a new video for the UK-based Out4Marriage campaign, Branson, 61, notes that he’s been an advocate for gay rights for decades.
“At Virgin, we treat everybody the same, whether they are straight or whether they are gay, and the law should too,” he says. “That’s why I’m Out4Marriage, are you?”
The Out4Marriage crew say there are many more videos to come, even featuring some prominent UK politicians.
“While gay people might make up less than ten percent of the population, giving all couples the right to marry benefits 100 percent,” campaign spokesperson Mike Buonaiuto tells PinkNews.co.uk.
“Because, just like Sir Richard, everyone has some contact with lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered people, from their family members, to their friends, to their work colleagues, to their neighbours or even just their favourite celebrity. It’s in everyone’s interest for every person to be treated the same under the law.”
Last September, the UK Government announced its intention to introduce same-sex civil marriage by the next general election. Prime Minister David Cameron recently told the Evening Standard: “I ask myself the question, why is it that we deny gay couples the ability to get married, and I don’t think that’s right.
“It’s about equality, but it’s also about something else: commitment. Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us; that society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other.”