Myth 1It will promote marriage
Evidence shows that redefning marriageactually undermines support or marriagein wider society. Neither has it deliveredthe promised stability or same-sexcouples. In Spain, ater gay marriagewas introduced, marriage rates acrossthe whole population plummeted. Inthe Netherlands too there has beena signifcant all in the marriage ratesince marriage was redefned. Same-sexmarriage does not promote marriage.
Myth 2Marriage has always evolved
Marriage between a man and a womanis not a recent social invention. Everyoneknows that marriage predates law, nationand church. It goes back to the dawn otime. Yes, matrimonial law may have beentweaked over the years, but the law hasnever undamentally altered the essentialnature o marriage: a lielong commitmentbetween one man and one woman. Same-sex marriage would rewrite hundredso years o British legal tradition andthousands o years o cultural heritage.
Myth 3It’s all about equality
Same-sex couples already have equality.All the legal rights o marriage are alreadyavailable to same-sex couples throughcivil partnerships. Equality doesn’tmean bland uniormity or state-imposedsameness. I the Government genuinelywants to pursue equality, why is it banningheterosexual couples rom entering a civilpartnership? Same-sex couples have equalrights through civil partnerships, but theydon’t have the right to redefne marriageor everyone else.
Myth 4No impact on schools
The current law requires schools to teachchildren about the importance o marriage.I marriage is given a new defnition, itwill be endorsed in schools. Accordingto expert legal advice, any teacher whoails to endorse same-sex marriage in theclassroom could be dismissed. Parentswill have no legal right to withdraw theirchildren rom lessons which endorsesame-sex marriage across the curriculum.Already supporters o gay marriage arerecommending books or use in schoolswhich undermine traditional marriage, andcall on schools to get children to act outgay weddings. The eect on schools willbe polarising and divisive.
Myth 5It won’t be a slippery slope
I we redefne marriage once, what’s tostop marriage being redefned yet urther?I marriage is solely about love andcommitment between consenting adults,what’s to say we shouldn’t recognise three-way relationships? It’s already happenedin nations that redefned marriage. InBrazil, a three-way relationship was givenmarriage-like rights by a judge because ocivil partnership laws. A similar situationhas existed in the Netherlands or severalyears. In Canada ater marriage wasredefned, a polygamist launched a legalaction to have his relationship recognisedin law. When politicians meddle withmarriage it all starts to unravel.
Myth 6Opponents are just bigots
This slur is meant to shut down debateand stop people thinking or themselves.Nick Clegg landed in hot water over adrat speech which called opponentso redefning marriage “bigots”. Helater retracted the word, but there’s no