Marriage: what it is, why it matters, consequences of redefining it

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Ryan AndersonA new report out today by Ryan T. Anderson (pictured) for the Heritage Foundation rounds up the arguments against gay marriage in some detail but very systematically and clearly. There are footnotes giving references that are useful for writing letters, making submissions and for informal discussions. The US Supreme Court is currently preparing to hear arguments on twosame-sex marriage cases, and in other countries national and local legislatures are considering bills.

Here are the key points covered in Ryan Anderson's report:

Key Points

  • Marriage exists to bring a man and a woman together as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children their union produces.
  • Marriage is based on the truth that men and women are complementary, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the reality that children need both a mother and a father.
  • Marriage is society’s least restrictive means of… click here to read whole article and make comments


    FRIDAY, 1 MARCH 2013

    How not to have a public debate on gay marriage

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    A select committee of the New Zealand parliament has reported back this week after dealing with submissions on a bill intended to allow same-sex couples to marry -- and the report has caused barely a ripple in the major media because they have tried to bury it. The New Zealand Herald, the country’s largest paper, gave it two-thirds of one column on page 10 of the print edition yesterday -- and misreported facts about the numbers of submissions.

    The committee report said:

    We received 21,533 submissions on this bill. We considered that 18,635 of these submissions replicated content in a very similar manner; 10,487 were in favour of the bill and 8,148 were against the bill.

    The NZ Herald said both online and in print:

    The committee received 21,533 submissions on the bill, 2898 of which had unique content.

    Of the submissions, 10,487 were in favour and 8148 against.

    click here to read whole article and make comments



    A British Labour MP explains the case against same-sex marriage

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    On Tuesday night the House of Commons voted by 400 to 175 in favour of same-sex marriage. Interestingly, among the 175 who voted against were 22 Labour MPs. 

    This was unexpected in that Labour is committed to equality, and same-sex marriage is normally argued for in the name of equality. So why would 22 Labour MPs vote against same-sex marriage?

    Scottish Labour MP Jim Dobbin explained why in one of the best speeches of the night. (The text of the speech can be found here (scroll down to find it) while a video of the speech can be found here.)

    Mr Dobbin began by noting the truly radical nature of what the Coalition Government was proposing. 

    He then clearly set out the definition of marriage. 

    Marriage, he said: “is primarily an institution that supports the bearing and raising of children in a committed and… click here to read whole article and make comments



    What is really going on?

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    Two stories – at least – in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph in London puzzled over the mystery of David Cameron’s strange behaviour in the recent past. Janet Daley asked how Cameron could go from what looked like a possible triumph in his European Union difficulties to what looked like a scuttling of his own party on the redefinition of marriage legislation. Christopher Booker puzzled over the same thing but soon came up with an answer which might well be, for most of us, the solution to the riddle of Cameron’s folly.

     “The greatest puzzle about the ‘gay marriage’ furore” Booker wrote, “is why this issue suddenly erupted from nowhere to the top of the political agenda. Why has David Cameron been willing, as one commentator put it, to ‘trash his party’ in pushing so hard for something that, before the last election, he refused to endorse or to include in the Tory… click here to read whole article and make comments



    Mother of Parliaments divorces an institution it has been wedded to for almost one thousand years

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    Yesterday, Tuesday, February 5, 2013, was D-Day for marriage in the United Kingdom – well, in the England and Wales segment of it anyway. Yesterday evening (British time) Marriage was redefined in a fairly massive vote in Britain’s House of Commons after six hours of debate. The vote was 400-175. More than 70 members spoke.

    Unlike America, the conservative party pushed through conservative PM David Cameron’s legislation. In the new legal definition of marriage it is no longer a bond formed by a man and a woman but can be formed by two men or two women. The Scottish political establishment has stated its intentions very clearly that it is going to go down the redefinition route as well, but the Northern Ireland Assembly will be a tougher challenge for the gay lobby to win. The Republic of Ireland, the neighbouring jurisdiction, probably has a majority of its populist parliament in favour but… click here to read whole article and make comments


    TUESDAY, 29 JANUARY 2013

    Last ditch attempt to protect freedom of speech and conscience?

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    A British MP is going to table a bill in the House of Commons this week which seeks to protect “conscientious beliefs about the definition of marriage”. The bill, being introduced by Edward Leigh, will seek to amend equality legislation to protect free speech. Among other things, it addresses the perceived threat to teachers and public workers who might find the Government’s attempt to legislate for a redefinition of marriage. It is now increasingly feared that anyone who holds that marriage is only properly defined as a bond between a man and a woman will face the dismissal or discrimination suits as soon as the Government redefines marriage to include unions between two men or two women.

    What has now become clear is that Britain’s 2010 Equality Act, when combined with the provisions of the plans to legislate for a new definition of marriage, threatens the freedom of speech and freedom of conscience… click here to read whole article and make comments



    Stormy weather on the horizon?

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    It may be a pastoral letter – from a bishop to his church in a diocese in just one part of the world – but it speaks reason to reason and not just to faith to reason. What is more, it put questions to those who claim to be reasonable. Those questions have been asked before but have not been answered – they have just provoked abuse. The fear of many – and it is echoed in this letter -  is that this abuse will soon become judicial and violent, and the questions will still remain unanswered.

     Thomas John Paprocki is the Catholic Bishop of Springfield in Illinois. He has written to the Catholics of his diocese, but his message can resonate around the whole of the Western world which is now in the grip of the campaign for the redefinition of human nature and the institutions society has forged from within that… click here to read whole article and make comments



    Kiwi “protect marriage” petition stands at 72,000

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    A New Zealand parliamentary select committee hearing submissions on a bill to allow gay "marriage" has received 20,000 written submisisons (yea and nay) and a petition with 72,000 signatures affirming:  I support the definition of marriage in New Zealand being maintained as one man one woman. I oppose any attempt to redefine it.” (Total NZ population 4.4 million.)

    Media coverage of testimony by Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ, has led to many more requests to sign up, he says. "We're still aiming for 100,000 and we'll be collecting signatures until the issue is resolved - one way or the other."

    New Zealanders can sign the petition here http://www.protectmarriage.org.nz/sign-the-petition

    click here to read whole article and make comments



    Google in the dock?

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    What is going on? Now you see it, now you don’t, now you see it again. Google has been involved in some sinister censorship – or perhaps they just blundered and then caught themselves on.

     We know that Google supports the campaign for gay “marriage” in the US – and presumably further afield as well – but we did not suspect that they would be censoring opposing viewpoints on the issue. Are they?

     Late this morning the Irish Times in Dublin ran an online story that YouTube had terminated, without explanation or prior notice, the account of the Iona Institute, an Irish-based think tank defending  the family, marriage, education and religion. Without giving any specifics the Institute got an email saying the the account had been closed “due to repeated or severe violations of our terms of service”.

     By mid-afternoon the Irish Times story changed: the account was back in good… click here to read whole article and make comments


    MONDAY, 21 JANUARY 2013

    Paris pro-family demonstration: biggest ever

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    Paris demo

    From the Iona Institute newsletter: 

    LAST Sunday Paris witnessed what must have been the biggest and most extraordinary demonstration ever in favour of the traditional family.

    According to an article in Le Figaro an astounding 800,000 people took part. It was fantastically well organised.

    By design, the colours pink and blue predominated,to emphasise the two sexes. People were given pink and blue balloons, pink and blue banners, pink and blue shirts to emphasise that the sexes are different, that it takes a man and a woman to conceive a child and that children ideally should be raised by their own mother and father.

    The demonstration told the world that marriage exists to recognise all of these facts and that permitting same-sex marriage would contradict them, deny them or  treat them as unimportant.

    Without doubt it was the biggest, the best, and the most focused lesson… click here to read whole article and make comments


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