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If you had told me when I started my career that during my time as British Consul-General in Houston you would find me marching with a half dozen Corgis alongside a red double-decker bus outfitted in flashing lights and Union Jack bunting, I would have thought you’d gone mad. But, as it happens, on June 27, I will be doing exactly that: walking in Houston’s Pride parade along with nearly 50 of my staff and their families and friends. We are extremely proud to participate and represent the British Government and its LGBT human rights policies.

The British Consul-General in Houston will march with a half dozen Corgis in the Houston Pride parade on June 27.

For us, there is a strong message behind the pageantry of Pride. LGBT rights are human rights, and the U.K. government is a strong supporter of equality. Our position is straightforward: we believe in equality for all people. That includes marriage equality. This was exemplified in 2013, when England and Wales passed legislation enabling gay and lesbian couples to marry in both civil and religious ceremonies. In 2014, this right was extended to same-sex couples in my native country of Scotland. Prior to this legalization of same-sex marriage, the U.K. has had civil partnerships for over a decade.