Cliff Richard supports redefining marriage

Sir Cliff Richard has voiced his support for redefining marriage, and intimated that he backs euthanasia.

Sir Cliff made the comments during an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on Saturday.

The Scottish Government is holding a consultation on whether to redefine marriage.


The Westminster Government will begin consulting next year on how, not if, to redefine marriage.

Speaking to the show the 71-year-old singer said that he did not see why people of the same sex should not be able to get married, saying: “I have got friends, same-sex couples, men and women, who have been together for decades.

“So for them it’s marriage even though they can’t call it marriage. It probably isn’t marriage as such because we recognise it as a man and a woman having babies. But it may be man and man, or woman and woman they just can’t have babies. That’s neither here nor there for me.”

However, last week former Scottish National Party leader Gordon Wilson said that redefining marriage was so important that it should be subject to a public vote.


And David Cameron’s plan to redefine marriage was branded a “step too far” by Conservative minister Gerald Howarth.

Mr Howarth said: “Some of my best friends are in civil partnerships, which is fine, but I think it would be a step too far to suggest that this is marriage.

“I take the view that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.”


During the interview Sir Cliff also suggested that he would consider euthanasia if he develops Alzheimer’s disease.

He revealed that he had made a pact with his sister saying: “I said, look if this happens to me, I’ll do the same for you if you’ll do it for me, don’t let it go on too long.

“And just make sure I’m looked after because I don’t want to be a burden on anybody else.”

He went on: “If it happened when I was 90, 20 years from now, they might well have allowed euthanasia or something like that.”

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