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British MPs Survey in Favor of Marriage Equality

British MPs Survey in Favor of Marriage Equality

 

A survey of British MPs suggests there is overwhelming support for government plans to enact marriage equality.

Reports the Independent:

It shows opinion running 4-1 in favour of the Government’s proposal to bring in same-sex civil marriage. Despite vocal opposition from many Conservatives, it found the number of Tory MPs who have declared support for the plan (63) outnumber those against it (44).

The rolling survey is being compiled by the Coalition for Equal Marriage, which is lobbying for the change. It is based on public comments by MPs, petitions they have signed in favour and against gay marriage and letters written to constituents who asked them for their view. Tory opponents of same-sex marriage claim their numbers will grow after Downing Street made clear that David Cameron will allow a free vote when it goes before the Commons. But the survey suggests strong support among Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs will ensure the move is approved.

The running total shows 233 MPs have come out in favour of gay marriage and 56 against, with 15 undecided and the views of the remaining 346 MPs not known. So far, 133 Labour MPs back the change, while five oppose it. Some 33 Liberal Democrats endorse it and none has yet come out against it.

This comes shortly after the release of a YouGov poll that found some 71% of Britons favor marriage equality. The legislation would not in fact allow for church marriages, but a majority in the poll also responded in favor of allowing churches to preside over same-sex weddings if they wished to do so.

Unfortunately, this news also coincides with the Church of England issuing a statement reiterating its opposition to marriage equality plans and declaring that the issue will mark the unpicking of religion from the State. It also warns that the Church will be vulnerable to the European Court of Human Rights forcing it to officiate same-sex weddings. Legal commentators have noted this is likely not true, pointing out that the ECHR has given great deference to religious exemptions on the marriage equality question but admitting there is a reasonable chance the court might rule that pro-LGBT churches should be allowed the right to preside over same-sex weddings if they so choose.

The British consultation on marriage equality ends this week.

 

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2:53PM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

Good for Them!!!! All Persons are Created equal and deserve equal rights....wherever one lives.....

2:48PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

“Happy Progenitor A’s Day”,

When Spain redefined marriage the Spanish Government rewrote birth certificates, removing the words “father and mother” and replacing them with “progenitor A and progenitor B”.

So, this Father’s Day weekend, we have placed adverts on 13 websites wishing Britain “Happy Progenitor A’s Day”, and asking: “what will they change next?”

It’s no joke. Those calling for marriage to be redefined have already said the words “husband and wife” should be stripped out of matrimonial law.

Words matter because truth matters. You and 550,000 others want to keep the true meaning of marriage. More and more people are joining in the campaign every day.

The C4M campaign rolls on. The petition continues to grow daily, and it will remain open. We will not rest nor will we waver in our defence of marriage. Our campaign will continue into the months and years ahead.

The Home Office’s consultation on redefining marriage has now closed. Thanks to all of you who sent a response. It looks like it could be the largest response in British Government history.

Please continue to stand with us, and together we can keep the true meaning of marriage.

2:48PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

“Happy Progenitor A’s Day”,

When Spain redefined marriage the Spanish Government rewrote birth certificates, removing the words “father and mother” and replacing them with “progenitor A and progenitor B”.

So, this Father’s Day weekend, we have placed adverts on 13 websites wishing Britain “Happy Progenitor A’s Day”, and asking: “what will they change next?”

It’s no joke. Those calling for marriage to be redefined have already said the words “husband and wife” should be stripped out of matrimonial law.

Words matter because truth matters. You and 550,000 others want to keep the true meaning of marriage. More and more people are joining in the campaign every day.

The C4M campaign rolls on. The petition continues to grow daily, and it will remain open. We will not rest nor will we waver in our defence of marriage. Our campaign will continue into the months and years ahead.

The Home Office’s consultation on redefining marriage has now closed. Thanks to all of you who sent a response. It looks like it could be the largest response in British Government history.

Please continue to stand with us, and together we can keep the true meaning of marriage.

12:18PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Even as a liberal, I see that gay marriage is a threat to the established ChurchBy Rev George Pitcher
PUBLISHED: 11:58, 12 June 2012 | UPDATED: 12:28, 12 June 2012
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As a classic Anglican liberal, I'm slightly rattled at finding myself siding with the traditionalists over gay marriage.

I'm uneasy about my position because I suspect that much of the Church's opposition to same-sex marriage is rooted in homophobia. And that's queer, in the traditional sense of that word, because the Church itself has a disproportionate number of clergy who are gay.

But, despite my unease at standing in the ranks that undoubtedly contain some discriminatory gay homophobes (go figure), I'm supportive nevertheless of the Church of England's opposition to gay marriage, published in its government consultative paper today.
Opposition: Archbishop of York John Sentamu (left) and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams (right) have voiced concerns over the Government's plans for gay marriage


That's because I'm committed to equality, not uniformity. Men and women are different. It follows that marriage and civil partnership are different institutions. To declare that they are the same institution is to unravel thousands of years of definition of what a marriage is and what it's for.

Now, it may be that this is what most of us want to do. But let's be sure of that. Because, at the moment, I'm far from clear that David Cameron, in his haste to throw Nick Clegg a bo

12:18PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Even as a liberal, I see that gay marriage is a threat to the established ChurchBy Rev George Pitcher
PUBLISHED: 11:58, 12 June 2012 | UPDATED: 12:28, 12 June 2012
Comments (42) Share
As a classic Anglican liberal, I'm slightly rattled at finding myself siding with the traditionalists over gay marriage.

I'm uneasy about my position because I suspect that much of the Church's opposition to same-sex marriage is rooted in homophobia. And that's queer, in the traditional sense of that word, because the Church itself has a disproportionate number of clergy who are gay.

But, despite my unease at standing in the ranks that undoubtedly contain some discriminatory gay homophobes (go figure), I'm supportive nevertheless of the Church of England's opposition to gay marriage, published in its government consultative paper today.
Opposition: Archbishop of York John Sentamu (left) and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams (right) have voiced concerns over the Government's plans for gay marriage


That's because I'm committed to equality, not uniformity. Men and women are different. It follows that marriage and civil partnership are different institutions. To declare that they are the same institution is to unravel thousands of years of definition of what a marriage is and what it's for.

Now, it may be that this is what most of us want to do. But let's be sure of that. Because, at the moment, I'm far from clear that David Cameron, in his haste to throw Nick Clegg a bo

12:18PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Even as a liberal, I see that gay marriage is a threat to the established ChurchBy Rev George Pitcher
PUBLISHED: 11:58, 12 June 2012 | UPDATED: 12:28, 12 June 2012
Comments (42) Share
As a classic Anglican liberal, I'm slightly rattled at finding myself siding with the traditionalists over gay marriage.

I'm uneasy about my position because I suspect that much of the Church's opposition to same-sex marriage is rooted in homophobia. And that's queer, in the traditional sense of that word, because the Church itself has a disproportionate number of clergy who are gay.

But, despite my unease at standing in the ranks that undoubtedly contain some discriminatory gay homophobes (go figure), I'm supportive nevertheless of the Church of England's opposition to gay marriage, published in its government consultative paper today.
Opposition: Archbishop of York John Sentamu (left) and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams (right) have voiced concerns over the Government's plans for gay marriage


That's because I'm committed to equality, not uniformity. Men and women are different. It follows that marriage and civil partnership are different institutions. To declare that they are the same institution is to unravel thousands of years of definition of what a marriage is and what it's for.

Now, it may be that this is what most of us want to do. But let's be sure of that. Because, at the moment, I'm far from clear that David Cameron, in his haste to throw Nick Clegg a bo

12:15PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Like so many of his mistakes, David Cameron’s espousal of gay marriage sprang largely from a wish to give his party a more touchy-feely image.

He didn’t begin to think through the implications, which are now coming back to bite him with a vengeance.

Leave aside that there has never been a popular demand for single-sex marriage. Even among gays, only four in ten think it is a priority – with most backing the Mail’s support for civil partnerships as the answer to unfair discrimination.
Time for a U-Turn: Cameron has misjudged the nation's mood on same sex marriage and raised the issue at a time when he should be focused on the economy
What the Prime Minister failed to consider was the truly momentous legal, constitutional and religious significance of tinkering with the meaning of the word ‘marriage’ to embrace homosexuals.

As we now learn, he was also opening up the deeply disturbing possibility that the European Court of Human Rights could require ministers of religion to marry same-sex couples, against their most profoundly-held convictions.

What is so incredible is that Mr Cameron has chosen to stir up this hornets’ nest at a time of dire economic crisis, when families and businesses need all the help they can get just to keep going.

How can he fuss with this irrelevance, when he has yet to do anything about honouring his promise to give families and social stability a boost by recognising traditional marriage in the tax

12:11PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Gay marriage: Advertising watchdog accused of bias over chairman's campaign video

The Advertising Standards Agency has been accused of bias after its chairman publicly campaigned for gay marriage while it has placed advertisements from opponents of a change in the law under investigation.


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By John Bingham, Social Affairs Editor

6:30AM BST 22 May 2012

The watchdog rejected calls for Lord Smith of Finsbury – the former Labour cabinet minister, Chris Smith – to resign last night but accepted that he had a “conflict of interest” on the matter and therefore would not vote.

It emerged last week that the ASA is investigating an advertisement from the Coalition For Marriage (C4M), which campaigns against changing the law, following claims it is “offensive” to homosexual people.

Archbishop Cranmer, a popular political and religious blog, was asked to justify carrying the advertisements, which also appeared in a host of other media after 11 complaints to the ASA.

It came on the same day as the Law Society banned a conference on marriage due to be addressed by a senior High Court judge because it did not promote same-sex marriage.

The advertisements carried on the Cranmer blog promoted the C4M petition, which has attracted more than 500,000 supporters so far, and polling figures suggesting that 70 per cent of people believe marri

12:07PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

No Scottish Parliament can be sovereign as sovereignty resides with the Scottish people.

Most people are unaware that natural marriage and the family are protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights where men and women have the right to marry and found a family. Article 16 (3) goes further and states that the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state. Again Article 12 of the European Convention of Human Rights again declares that men and women of marriageable age have the right to marry and found a family. So if Holyrood wishes to legislate to breach the status and human rights of those who are already married and their families, it will need the consent of the Scottish people expressed in a referendum.

12:07PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

No Scottish Parliament can be sovereign as sovereignty resides with the Scottish people.

Most people are unaware that natural marriage and the family are protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights where men and women have the right to marry and found a family. Article 16 (3) goes further and states that the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state. Again Article 12 of the European Convention of Human Rights again declares that men and women of marriageable age have the right to marry and found a family. So if Holyrood wishes to legislate to breach the status and human rights of those who are already married and their families, it will need the consent of the Scottish people expressed in a referendum.

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