THURSDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2013

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

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FROM THE IONA INSTITUTE 

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


 

TUESDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2013

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


 

WEDNESDAY, 6 FEBRUARY 2013

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


 

THURSDAY, 24 JANUARY 2013

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


 

THURSDAY, 24 JANUARY 2013

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

 

WEDNESDAY, 23 JANUARY 2013

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


 

FRIDAY, 18 JANUARY 2013

French homosexuals join rally against gay marriage

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French rally

Image: BBC website

There was a huge rally against same-sex marriage in France at the weekend. C-FAM reports an unexpected feature of the opposition -- something that should be kept in mind when various media report what the "gay community" etc says about certain issues:

Perhaps as many as a million people marched in Paris last Sunday and at French embassies around the world against proposed legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in France.  One of the surprises in the French campaign for traditional marriage is that homosexuals have joined pro-family leaders and activists in the effort.

“The rights of children trump the right to children,” was the catchphrase of protesters like Jean Marc, a French mayor who is also homosexual.

Even though France is known for its laissez faire attitude toward sex, pro-family leaders were quick to organize… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 16 JANUARY 2013

Another fine mess…?

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One can only hear the words of Oliver Hardy to poor old Stan Laurel when we read a story like the one reported in the London Telegraph on January 9 last. Courts and judges are not only having to turn themselves upside down but also inside out to deal with the madness they are now being confronted with – and they are doing it all with a straight face. How long more can it last?

Two “divorcing” gay men are arguing with each other before a Canadian court, the one denying the “rights” of another because the jurisdiction in which they first registered their civil partnership does not recognise it as a “marriage” while the jurisdiction in which they now live does. With a straight face – although we have no photographs to prove it, - the Canadian judge ruled that it would be “impermissible discrimination”… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

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