British Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed his commitment to legalizing gay marriage in a World Pride statement.

On Saturday London hosts World Pride, the biannual Gay Pride celebration. Toronto will host the next party in 2014.

Cameron, whose government has pledged to legalize gay marriage in Britain by 2015, applauded the festival.

“The UK has been judged to be the best country in Europe in which to live if you're gay, so it is great that World Pride is being celebrated here in London – especially during this Diamond Jubilee and Olympic year.”

“It is 40 years since people first marched in London calling for equal rights. Since then we've come a very long way and progress is still being made.”

“We have just finished consulting on how to introduce same sex marriage and we are working with countries across the globe to bring about greater equality.”

“I hope you all have a happy Pride and remember all those who have, and those who are still fighting for, greater rights and protection for the LGBT community.”

Festival organizers have been criticized for canceling several venues with little warning. Organizers blamed a funding shortage, saying the economic climate had made it difficult to raise cash. On Wednesday, Patrick Williams resigned as chairman of Pride London.