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10 reasons why the government is wrong to redefine marriage

10 reasons why the government is wrong to redefine marriage

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10 reasons why the government is wrongto redefine marriage
 
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, ater 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 otime. Yes, matrimonial law may have beentweaked over the years, but the law hasnever undamentally altered the essentialnature o marriage: a lielong 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 uniormity 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 marriageor 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 whoails 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 eect 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 ocivil partnership laws. A similar situationhas existed in the Netherlands or severalyears. In Canada ater 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 adrat speech which called opponentso redefning marriage “bigots”. Helater retracted the word, but there’s no
 
doubt that many who support this radicalagenda think anyone who disagrees is notworthy o respect. However, support ortraditional marriage has come rom manyrespected academics, lawyers, politicianso all parties, and religious leaders. Theyall know that redefning marriage wouldhave a proound impact.
Myth 7Gay couples want to marry
Polling shows that only a minority ogay people (39 per cent) believe gaymarriage is a priority. And according tothe Government only 3 per cent o gaypeople would enter a same-sex marriage.A number o gay celebrities and journalistsare themselves opposed to gay marriage.Latest ofcial data shows that only 0.7per cent o households are headed by asame-sex couple. Not all o them want, orwill enter, a same-sex marriage. So, why issuch a monumental change being imposedthroughout society?
Myth 8The public supports it
Seven in ten people want to keepmarriage as it is. Other polling whichpurports to show public support or gaymarriage ails to tell respondents thatequal rights are already available throughcivil partnerships. When people are toldthis crucial act, most people say keepmarriage as it is. MPs say their postbagshave been dominated by public oppositionto redefning marriage. Ordinary peoplewant the Government to concentrateon reviving the economy and providingbetter public services, not meddling withmarriage.
Myth 9 Just a modest change
Since we already have civil partnerships,isn’t same-sex marriage just a small logicalnext step? No. Rewriting the meaningo marriage will have a ar-reachingimpact on society. Over 3,000 laws makereerence to marriage. The Governmenthas already admitted that ofcialdocuments will need to be rewritten toremove words like ‘husband’ and ‘wie’.In France the Government is eradicatingthe words ‘ather’ and ‘mother’ romall ofcial documents. The Church oEngland has warned that it could leadto disestablishment and a constitutionalcrisis.
Myth 10Conscience will be respected
It’s not even being respected now. Ahousing manager rom Manchester wasdemoted and lost 40 per cent o his salaryor stating, outside work time, that gayweddings in churches were “an equalitytoo ar”. Conerences and symposiums insupport o traditional marriage have beenthrown out o venues. Adverts in supporto a 600,000-strong public petition inavour o traditional marriage have beeninvestigated as “oensive”. And all thishas taken place beore any change to thelaw has taken place. What will it be like ithe law does change? A leading humanrights lawyer has outlined the devastatingimpact o redefning marriage on civilliberties. 
 
 Join 600,000 others and sign the national petition for marriage online:c4m.org.uk

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