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Dear marriage supporter,
The democratic deficit
With the first same-sex weddings set to take place this weekend to much media fanfare, it’s important to remember how undemocratic and illiberal the redefinition of marriage is:
The implications of redefining marriage have not been thought through. The Government agrees that people’s careers shouldn’t be damaged just because they believe in traditional marriage – yet the protections in place are completely insufficient.
A parent complained to her school that her six year old daughter had had two lessons on same-sex marriage in a week.
A teacher was threatened with disciplinary proceedings because she said in the staff room that she believed in traditional marriage.
A couple wanting to adopt children were told they were unsuitable because they supported traditional marriage.
Thankfully all these cases have been resolved, but they should never have arisen at all.
If marriage is redefined once, what is to stop it being redefined again? Some campaigners are now calling for polygamy to be legalised.
Just recently the Government stripped familiar words like husband, wife and widow from a raft of our laws simply because these words don't line up with the Government's new definition of marriage.
For another example of what could happen, you have to look no further than the recent comments of a Justice of the Supreme Court.
Lord Wilson, in a speech he gave supporting gay marriage, suggested that marriage to the dead was an option. He said “if it really helps the broken-hearted, we have at least to ask: why not?”
No nation on earth had legalised same-sex marriage until 13 years ago. Only 16 out of 193 nations have done so.
The truth is that same-sex marriage is a social construct, a social experiment. Parliament can change the law, but it cannot change the reality that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Marriage – between a man and a woman – is the greatest partnership in history. It reflects the complementary natures of men and women.
Time and time again the evidence has shown that children do best with a married mother and a father.
So let’s keep standing up for marriage.
Coalition for Marriage