The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has become the most high-profile Tory in the country to release a video message in support of the global campaign for equal marriage.
Speaking at City Hall, with the Olympic 2012 rings visible on Tower Bridge, he said:
“One of the amazing things about London is that it is not only got a declining crime rate; declining murder rate; more theatres than New York; less rainfall than Rome – but it is also one of the few places in the country where the rate of marriage is actually increasing –
“And I see absolutely no reason why that happy state should be denied to anybody in our country and that’s why I am supporting the Out4Marriage campaign.”
Mr Johnson initially agreed to follow in the footsteps of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and fellow Conservative Home Secretary Theresa May in recording an Out4Marriage video after being quizzed by a campaigner at the Talk London debate on 27 June.