Speaking at an event hosted by GLBTI rights lobby group Stonewall, British Home Secretary Theresa May promised action on allowing full same-sex marriage in the UK.

In what was her first major speech on GLBTI issues, May discussed the Government’s plan to remove the ban on same-sex civil partnership registrations being held on religious premises and moves towards full marriage equality.

May’s speech also addressed the problem of homophobia in Britain and outlined measures to address inequality in the education, sports and business sectors.

Despite her recent support, May’s appointment to the role of Minister for Women and Equality was initially met with criticism from members of Britain’s GLBTI community, as she voted against lowering the age of consent in 1998 and against greater adoption rights for same-sex couples in 2002.

After the Conservative Party formed Government last year, May said she had “changed her mind” on gay adoption, and later clarified her views further, advocating the need for cultural change to address homophobia in Britain.

Although the UK has allowed civil partnerships between same-sex couples since 2005, the nation has yet to institute marriage equality. Civil partnerships between heterosexual couples are also illegal.

Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg has come out in support of same-sex marriage as has the Opposition and Labor leader Ed Miliband.

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