Update: Marriage Issues

NEW The Daily Telegraph carries a front-page report today saying that the Government is “powerless” to stop teachers getting sacked if they refuse to endorse same-sex marriage.  http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=09b50bf032ab47d3992863a44&id=1312528bab&e=5cd077e56f

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Teachers may also find this resource from the Coalition for Marriage helpful: http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=09b50bf032ab47d3992863a44&id=3e1afeab74&e=5cd077e56f

The Coalition for Marriage (C4M)

C4M is an umbrella body representing faith groups, MPs, peers, academics, lawyers, pro-family organisations and grassroots supporters in the UK that support traditional marriage and oppose plans to redefine it.

As part of their campaign to support the present legal definition of marriage which is the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others, C4M have an online petition which I encourage you to consider signing: http://c4m.org.uk/#signpetition

The C4M website can be found here: c4m.org.uk/.

10 reasons why the government is wrong to redefine marriage. You can download a copy of the leaflet here. A printer-friendly version is also available here.

Download a summary of a legal opinion on the civil liberty implications. You can download a copy of the summary here.

C4M briefing gives you clear reasons to support keeping marriage as the union of a man and a woman, and it will help you respond to questions people raise. You can download a copy of the briefing here.

C4M response to the Government’s consultation on redefining marriage. To read our response, click here.

The Home Office consultation on redefining marriage closed on 14 June 2012. However, our briefing contains information and arguments about the issue which you may find useful. To read the briefing, click here.

This paper looks at the issue of redefining marriage as it relates to local councils. Download a copy here.

Other background information

Anglican Mainstream  Marriage Sex and Culture group have produced a leaflet which stated that “Real Marriage Ensures the Future”, and exposed eleven gay myths, based around Canadian experiences following a change in the law there. These can also be viewed as a Slideshow.

Christian Concern reports that during a special reception for homosexual celebrities and activists at Downing Street, the Prime Minister announced his absolute determination to redefine marriage by 2015. Please email your MP to express your disappointment. You can use this quick and easy to complete form which has a short template message that you can personalise.

The ability for same-sex couples to ‘marry’ is not a human right, European judges have ruled, but if same-sex couples are allowed to marry, then any church that refuses to offer wedding services to them will be guilty of discrimination. www.christianvoice.org.uk/?p=2971