"My story starts at the very end of the journey to equal marriage rights. I stand on the shoulders of giants..."In the future, people will find it difficult to believe that until 2014, somewhere between 5 and 10 per cent of Britain's population were excluded from marriage.As Equalities Minister during the coalition government, Lynne Featherstone played a fundamental role in rectifying this. From setting the wheels in motion within government, to her experiences of the abuse with which the gay community is regularly confronted, through her rebuttals against the noise and fury of her opponents, and finally to the making of history, Lynne details the surprising twists and turns of the fight. Filled with astonishing revelations about finding allies in unexpected places and encountering resistance from unforeseen foes, Equal Ever After is an honest account of one woman's pivotal efforts during the turbulent final mile.This is real, lived history - recent history. Many of us celebrated on the day the dream became reality; many of us know people whose lives were changed by the events described here.In this inside story, Lynne reveals the emotional lows and the exhilarating highs involved in turning hard-won social acceptance into tangible legal equality.
Lynne Featherstone was the Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green between 2005 and 2015. She was a junior minister with responsibility for criminal information and equality, then international development, before becoming a Minister of State at the Home Office. She was the originator and architect of same-sex marriage, and Equal Ever After tells the extraordinary story of how she made it happen.Lynne spearheaded the government campaign to end female genital mutilation within a generation, and continues to campaign tirelessly against inequality. She won the Stonewall Politician of the Year Award in 2014 for her work supporting equality for LGBT people.