Monday, 24 February 2014

Latest message from C4M, Sweeping changes to 700-year-old laws, ahead of gay marriages next month

Dear marriage supporter,

The Government now realises that same-sex marriage will require a massive re-write of legislation dating back to 1285 AD – including airbrushing out the terms “husband” and “wife” from many of our laws. Crucial safeguards will also have to be introduced to safeguard the Monarchy.

The Government are rushing to introduce all these changes through ministerial orders.

The proposals include changing the law:

  • To prevent a man from becoming Queen in the event a King 'marries' another man
  • To prevent a man from becoming the Princess of Wales in the event that the heir to the throne enters a same-sex marriage
  • To stop the 'husband' of a male Peer being referred to as Duchess, Lady or Countess
  • To replace the terms “husband” and “wife” with “partner” or “spouse” in a huge raft of English law

Redefining marriage means rewriting our language as well as our laws. All this just goes to show that marriage should never have been redefined.

C4M said all along that thousands of laws would need to be changed. These, and other far-reaching consequences, flow from redefining marriage.

MPs are expected to agree the draft orders tomorrow with the House of Lords considering them on Thursday. No doubt there will need to be further changes to clear up the legislative mess created by the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act.

Parliament may have changed the law, but it is vitally important that we continue to assert the truth that marriage is between one man and one woman.

Yours sincerely,

Colin Hart
Colin Hart
Campaign Director
Coalition for Marriage