So much debate around equal rights rages around religious freedom, argument and identity – but very little of that debate (if any) expresses my secularist voice and view. I want the secularist voice raised on an equal basis. The National Secular Society fights this fight on our behalf.
Lynne Featherstone is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords.
In 2010 she was appointed as a Home Office Minister with responsibility for criminal information and equalities, before being promoted, in 2012, Minister with responsibility for International Development. Previously she was Liberal Democrat spokesman for Youth and Equality issues, and chair of the Liberal Democrats technology board.
As originator and architect of the same sex marriage law, Featherstone launched the consultation by the UK Government on introducing same-sex marriage and was the first politician to take part in the Out4Marriage campaign.
Featherstone was nominated for the Stonewall Politician of the Year Award in both 2009 and 2012 for her work to support equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. She was awarded Stonewall Politician of the Year (jointly), Attitude Magazine Politician of the Year and PinkNews Ally of the Year for her initiative on same-sex marriage and work on LGBT rights. She has also been nominated for the prestigious "Woman of the Year" award.