How it all began

March 5, 2012 | 7:33 pm | Conor

At the time of writing we have 10,258 people signed up to our petition. That’s a lot of people who, we thought, might want a more information about us and the campaign, so we’ve added this new area to the site to post our thoughts, answer any questions and just generally keep you guys up to date. And where better to begin than the beginning, with a little bit of back-story?

It all started when James and I were relaxing after work. James had gone to bed to watch some TV and I was on the PC in the next room catching up on Facebook and reading the news. I stumbled upon the BBC’s article on the Coalition for Marriage, and saw how many signatures their petition had.

Now, coming across insulting, offensive or frightening articles in the news and on the internet about people’s views on homosexuality is certainly not a new thing. It takes high-levels of self-confidence and a really thick skin not let the steady drip, drip, drip of negative comments and thinly veiled prejudice get to you.

But as I was reading the BBC article – specifically the part where Lord Carey claims “The avowed intention to widen the scope of marriage as we see before us is a hostile strike, which rather than strengthening marriage, will destroy its meaning and diminish its importance drastically” – something snapped. I had had enough. The government had already said it was going to legalise same-sex civil marriage – finally a bit of good news for a change – and here they are trying to derail it.

I can’t tell you verbatim what I said to James, as it was littered with profanity, but picture the scene; me barking at James from one room to the next with, “Have you seen this!?”, “No! I’m not having it!” and, “Can you build a counter-petition site? How long does it take? Right, we’re doing it!” There was a more than a bit of arm-waving from me and a fair few weary sighs from James at the thought of spending yet more time staring into a computer screen after a long day at work. He wasn’t able to comfortably work from the bed with the laptop to do whatever tech wizardry it is that he does, so he had to go back downstairs to his own computer. He ended up staying up ‘til 1am coding, and got up early the next day to continue.

We wanted to spoof the Coalition for Marriage’s petition and campaign, hence the copy of design and the similar name. We weren’t a coalition at all really; we were just two guys in love who might want to get married one day.

A day and a half of tweaks later and we started tweeting and Facebooking (is that a verb yet?) A week and a half later and we’ve passed the 10,000 mark! We’ve also grown and teamed up with the supporting organisations listed on the site, and we see ourselves, those organisations, and each and every signatory as a part of the Coalition for Equal Marriage.

Thank you all so much for all of your support so far, but we need your help to keep it going. Talk about it with your friends, your work colleagues, tweet it, email it, blog it, Facebook it, like it, +1 it, anything and everything. We need to show the Coalition for Marriage that they’re on the wrong side of this argument.

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