Sheffield Pride boss hits out at council

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Sheffield Pride’s leader has slammed the city council for making a ‘PR event’ out of the day when equal marriage laws come in.

Adam Hood said the council was using the day to raise its own profile after leader Julie Dore spoke of the ‘race’ to be the first city to have an equal marriage.

The head of the organisation offered ‘massive congratulations’ to couples like Kyle Emerson and Richie Wood, of Hillsborough, who will wed at midnight on March 29 at Sheffield Town Hall after seven years together.

But he added: “However, the council should not be using the occasion to publicise themselves at a time when they have cancelled all financial support to groups like ours, who work 365 days a year for equality.

“Marriage is supposed to be a lifelong commitment between two people who love each other, not a PR event for an opportunistic council.”

Coun Dore said: “I can assure Mr Hood we have planned this event in the closest collaboration with Sheffield’s LGBT community and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Sheffield Council is not marking this important milestone with cynical motives.

“We have a strong track record of valuing our LGBT community and are excited about observing this occasion with the happy couple.”