David Cameron receives equalities award on gay marriage
Former prime minister David Cameron has won the Pink News ‘Ally of the Year’ award for his work enacting equal marriage.
Mr Cameron previously said the move to legislate for same-sex marriage in England and Wales in 2014 was among his “proudest moments”.
“When you’re Prime Minister there are lots of things that you want to change - some go right, some go wrong, some are instantly forgotten”, he said.
"But I know with this, with equal marriage, it is something that has already made a huge difference to people’s lives and will go on doing so in the future.”
The former Tory leader was commended by his successor Theresa May, who credited Mr Cameron as “the man who made equal marriage a reality”.
Speaking ahead of this evening’s awards ceremony in Westminster, Mrs May said: “Today we honour the politicians, journalists, public sector staff and volunteers who are doing so much to achieve that goal.
“I am particularly delighted that one of them, the man who made equal marriage a reality, David Cameron, is being awarded Ally of the Year.”
The ceremony will be addressed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Education Secretary Justine Greening and Scotland Secretary David Mundell, who himself made public his sexuality earlier in the year.
Mr Mundell, who became the first openly gay Tory Cabinet minister, told the Evening Standard he did not regret his decision to tell colleagues and constituents.
“While coming out earlier this year was one of the most difficult things I have done in my life, it’s also proved to be among the best”, he said.
The Scotland Secretary is expected to use his speech to outline the need for greater action on homophobia and transphobia.