Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof, the daughter of singer Bob Geldof and British television personality Paula Yates, has compared the UK's ban on gay marriage to apartheid and called opponents of marriage equality “small-minded bigots.”

In a lengthy editorial published on Independent Voices, the 23-year-old television presenter told of her decade-long friendship with Daniel, whose boyfriend, Ben, was thrown out of his home as a teen after coming out gay to his parents.

“They both told him he was sick and a failure,” Geldof wrote. “He left home.”

Daniel and Ben eventually married in New York.

“These boys, who had been such an intrinsic part of my teenage years, were finally getting what they deserved. It was a beautiful moment.”

“As everyone gathered outside the city hall, I spotted Ben's parents. They seemed nervous, but they were there. … In that moment I saw how powerful marriage can be.”

“I have had first-hand experience of how wonderful the introduction of gay marriage has been, and how negative and potentially damaging it is to not allow it, which just breeds more homophobia. For a country and culture that declares ourselves so progressive, our governments, citizens and, of course, our churches, can be small-minded bigots at the best of times. One day we'll look back on the gay marriage ban as we look back on historical events like apartheid. Because in the end, that's what it is, pointless, futile segregation. I long for the day when we break free of this Orwellian ridiculousness, a nation of dictating pigs, where 'all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others,'” she added.