At our 3rd Knowledge Exchange Forum 'What Works?' GLEN presented their Civil Marriage Bill campaign. GLEN's position has always been that civil marriage is the ultimate equality option and has worked continuously for marriage. In 2006, the Labour Party put it to GLEN that their legal advice was that a Civil Marriage Bill would be unconstitutional, but that they were prepared to publish a Civil Unions Bill that would be akin to marriage. GLEN describes this as an 'inflection point' in its campaign to achieve civil marriage when it took a strategic decision to enthusiastically welcome the Civil Unions Bill (2006) as a 'stepping stone' to civil marriage.
As part of the event we invited cartoonist Allan Kavanagh to interpret the dicussions happening at the event in relation to the examples of successful advocacy case studies.