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The Public Are Defending Marriage

Posted by alexanderplinio on 29 March, 2012

More than 300,000 people have joined a campaign against David Cameron’s plan to legalise same-sex marriage.

Organisers claimed that their petition had become the biggest public campaign since the 2010 election. It highlights the support for the traditional definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, they said.

Earlier this month, the Government proposed redefining civil marriage laws so that the term can apply to civil unions between same-sex couples. There will be no change to religious marriage. Senior Conservatives, including ministers, have joined Christian leaders in opposing the proposals.

The leader of Britain’s Sikh organisations said the proposal was an “assault on religion” while the country’s largest Muslim grouping has also voiced its opposition.

The Coalition 4 Marriage set up a petition against the plan, which has so far attracted more than 300,200 signatures. The group is calling on the Government to retain the current definition of marriage as the voluntary union between one man and one woman for life.

Colin Hart, the campaign director, said the surge in support since the Government began its consultation was further evidence of the unpopularity of the proposal.

“There has been a staggering response to the petition, launched last month, which shows just how many ordinary men and women care about this issue,” he said.

“I hope the Government will consider the growing opposition to its proposals, which are being pushed without the British people being given an opportunity to make their views clear.”

Mr Cameron is facing a backlash from his supporters, with senior Tory MPs expected to vote against the reforms. MPs have been promised a free vote on the issue, because it is deemed a matter of “conscience”.

However, the Prime Minister said the Conservatives should support homosexual marriage on the grounds that stability and commitment in relationships of any kind should be encouraged.

In response to the petition, Conor Marron and his partner launched a rival campaign, the Coalition 4 Equal Marriage. Mr Marron said it was “sad” so many people had signed the original petition.

His rival campaign, which is backed by the British Humanist Association, the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, and other groups, is running its own petition in support of homosexual marriage, which has attracted 33,400 signatures so far.

“Equality shouldn’t be just mob rule,” he said. “There are things that are fair and right and should be done. The vast majority of people either support what we believe or don’t care very much.”

Pavan Dhaliwal, the head of public affairs at the British Humanist Association, said “equality before the law” meant “the rights of one class of person to equal treatment should not be compromised”.

“There is no suggestion that religious organisations should perform marriages against their will,” she said.

“All that is asked is that these faith groups demonstrate some basic humanity and toleration, and not obstruct same-sex couples who wish to recognise their relationship.”

Originally published in the Telegraph and linked here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9164126/300000-oppose-gay-marriage-in-biggest-petition-since-election.html

Link to Coalition 4 Marriage : http://c4m.org.uk/


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