British Labour politician Ed Balls says he was inspired to support equal marriage rights for gay couples by his gay uncle.

The 45-year-old Balls, the current Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, says this and endorses allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry in a church in a 60-second video for the Out4Marriage campaign, which urges support for a proposal to legalize such unions in Britain by 2005.

“Twenty years ago [he] came out in his fifties as gay – and he died, I'm afraid, before he and his long-term partner could have a civil partnership,” Balls said of his uncle. “But actually in our family we would have liked him to have gone further and to have got married. It's what he would have wanted, I believe.”

“I also believe that somebody who is religious and a churchgoer, if the church community wants it in that church, I think people should be able to get married in a church too … I really hope the government will look at that proposal as well. This is something whose time has come.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)