by Jonathon Blakeley
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
The Government is pushing ahead with it’s plans to introduce same-sex marriage despite broad opposition from the UK public. Today a petition against Gay Marriage with over 550 000 names was delivered to Downing Street. Also today, 15 Imams from Scotland’s largest Mosques protested against same-sex marriage and supported Catholics and Anglicans in denouncing the Government’s plans.
Muslims claim Gay Marriage is Islamophobic and an assault on Islam in Scotland and Great Britain.
15 Imams from Scotland’s largest Mosques protest against same-sex marriage.
To be fair and balanced I should add – that “71 percent of Britons back equal marriage rights for gay couples” ~ according to report released by Stonewall today.
(*YouGov poll has found 71 percent of people approve of the government’s plans to allow gay couples to marry, and the same number want faiths to be able to perform gay weddings ceremonies if they choose. YouGov surveyed 2,074 adults in England, Scotland and Wales online between 25th November and 5th December last year.)
The Church’s view is simple – Marriage is a ritual between a man and woman. To undermine that would undermine a core ritual of the Church. The Church has stated that whilst not being against same sex civil partnerships they feel that re-defining marriage to suit homosexuals is a step too far. The Church of England’s full and considered response can be found here.
The Church of England cannot support the proposal to enable ―all couples, regardless of their gender, to have a civil marriage ceremony.
Such a move would alter the intrinsic nature of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, as enshrined in human institutions throughout history. Marriage benefits society in many ways, not only by promoting mutuality and fidelity, but also by acknowledging an underlying biological complementarity which, for many, includes the possibility of procreation.
I myself, am not anti-gay or religious (*in an organised sense), neither am I married. Despite this, I sympathize with the Church or England’s views. To me, marriage is the union of a Man and Woman. I also don’t think this issue is about Gay rights as the European convention of Human rights does not recognize the rights of same sex to marry, but it does for heterosexuals.
This is not, I would venture, about Gay rights or about what the people of Britain themselves want. The people, the Church of England and the Muslim community are largely opposed to Gay Marriage. Despite this we are going to get it for our own good. What this is about, is a small powerful ‘Pink Lobby”, it is they and pretty much they alone who wish these changes, despite what the majority thinks and feels.
Benjamin Cohen of Channel 4 News has campaigned a great deal in the UK for LGBT rights and gay marriage. Benjamin shot to fame on deliberation some months ago thanks to Paul Eisen’s discovery of the Twice blessed video. Benjamin is the Technology reporter for Channel 4 News in the UK and founder of Pink News.
Lately, it seems that criticism of Gay-issues & culture from straight people is not tolerated, and is often denounced as homophobic or gay-bashing. Not unlike the way criticism of Jewish culture instantly brings that cry of “anti-semite”. Odd that… But seriously folks …everyone should be up for criticism from all quarters not just from selected approved critics. Hate and condemnation is never acceptable, criticism and evolution is though in fact very needed. Criticizing Gay culture, Pakistani culture, Jewish culture, White culture, Bankers whoever, it’s all ok and should be encouraged, it’s not necessarily racist or homophobic or hateful, it is part of an open self-reflective society. So what gives, why all the fuss, does it really matter and is it really important? Surely we should be campaigning against World War III, not should or should we not have Gay Marriage? Well then all the Gay debate has served its purpose.
Whilst it does seem like a big pink fluffy distraction from much more important matters, 550 000 people’s signatures is no small matter. So clearly people in Britain wish to preserve some of their traditions such as heterosexual marriage. No one has bothered to protest the potential Iran war here yet they have about Gay marriage and the people don’t want it. Is that wrong, or is it an indication of the power of the Pink lobby that this issue has become so important an issue that it has eclipsed the much more pressing dilemmas of Fukushima, Iran, Israel, Tibet and Palestine. There is nothing wrong with being gay if that is what people choose and they can get legally hitched through civil partnerships. So why do Homosexuals need a marriage – when marriage is defined as the union of a man and a woman?
Marriage – the formal union of a man and a woman, typically recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife.
Marriage, despite being defined in the European convention on Human rights as the union of a man and woman, I would say is not a right, it’s a choice. What is wrong is that the LGBT(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) lobby is trying to push their policies through against the wishes of others. They have turned what is a choice into a gay rights issue to push through their agenda and distract the public, politicians and media from more pressing concerns. One might ask whose interests the ‘Gay Marriage’ debate really serves?
Here is a selection of Tweets regarding the subject.
My view is, if the Bible is against gay marriage, then its offensive to get married in a church. You can always get married in a registry
— Faith Child (@FaithChildMusic) June 12, 2012
If Jesus were alive, surely he would be fighting for the poor & disadvantaged, who are having a bad time, not banging on about gay marriage?
— Marcus Chown (@marcuschown) June 12, 2012