The problem with polls
Michael Kirke | 31 May 2012
Defenders of the institution of marriage would be foolish to ignore the readings they are getting about the growing support for gay-marriage across the United States. While voters – when the actually go out to vote – are still very strong in their support for marriage as it has always been understood, the latest polls show that this support continues to lose ground to those in favour of allowing gay civil unions to be designated as marriages.
Cracks deepen in British Conservative Party over marriage issue
Michael Kirke | 25 May 2012
The cracks continue to deepen in the British government’s plans to change the definition of marriage. David Cameron now seems set to give his MPs a free vote on whether gay couples should be allowed to turn their civil partnership arrangements into something they will call marriage.
Are the Australian Greens bigots?
Bill Muehlenberg | 23 May 2012
Shame on those intolerant and discriminatory Australian Greens. How dare they exclude so many people from their basic right to love and marry? They are determined to prevent loving and committed polyamorists from marrying. Unbelievable!
Sentamu presents Cameron government with a case to answer
Michael Kirke | 19 May 2012
The folly, futility and dangers inherent in the proposal of the British Government to introduce legislation which will redefine marriage were forcefully underlined on Thursday by the second most powerful voice in the Church of England, Dr. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.
The philosophical origins of the marriage crisis, according to Joseph Ratzinger
Michael Cook | 18 May 2012
Joseph Ratzinger has one of the clearest and most insightful minds on the planet. Nowadays his day job is being Pope, which involves numerous duties apart from writing academic treatises. However, back in 1995, he penned an introduction to a Vatican document about homosexuality which seems prophetic, although perhaps it's just logical. The paragraphs below have been reprinted from the blog Chiesa, written by the "Vaticanologist" of the Italian newspaper L'espresso, Sandro Magister.
Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao in hot water over his opposition to gay marriage
Michael Cook | 18 May 2012
Filipino boxing champ, Congressman, pop singer and all-round international celebrity Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao was in hot water this week in Los Angeles this week over "gay hate speech" that somebody said that somebody else said that somebody else said that he said.
Australian doctors group opposes law change
Carolyn Moynihan | 15 May 2012
A senior mental health professional in Australia is being hauled over the coals for signing a submission opposing same-sex marriage.
Where does Nancy Pelosi get her religious-ethical beliefs?
Frances Kelly | 14 May 2012
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader in the United States House of Representatives backs President Obama's endorsement of single-sex marriage and considers banning mono-gender marriage a "form of discrimination" and "unconstitutional."
A tale of two evolutions
Michael Kirke | 13 May 2012
Following the doubts raised in the aftermath of the very poor showing in the recent local Elections in Britain and defence minister, Gerald Howarth’s public rebuke of the Prime Minister, saying that he had “no mandate” for the introduction of legislation for gay “marriage”, his boss, Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, has now refused to back the policy.
US Family Research Council video on same-sex marriage
Michael Cook | 13 May 2012
The Family Research Council has produced a powerful video on how everyday families will suffer if same-sex marriage is legalised.
Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly
Michael Kirke | 12 May 2012
No celebration for this lesbian, Lauren Taylor, tells us in yesterday’s Washington Post. She makes some good points in her response to President Obama’s jump off the fence earlier this week – but she still misses the truth at the heart of this debate. Like her we all “love the idea of commitment, of getting community and family support for a relationship, and of the accountability to that community and family.” The institution of marriage as we have known it for millennia is about far more than that.
Where will it all end?
Michael Kirke | 11 May 2012
Where will all this end? Argentina has now made sex-change surgery a legal right for its citizens. It will be available to them under their public or private health care plans. The Senate of the country voted this in on Wednesday and President Cristina Fernandez is expected to sign the measure into law.
Controversy over campaign video
Paul Adams | 11 May 2012
This video, titled “Is Gay Marriage a Civil Right? African-American and Latino Leaders Speak for Themselves," was produced by the National Organization for Marriage as part of an effort to counter the propaganda campaign to equate same-sex marriage with civil rights and the struggle for racial equality. Here is the response.
Will common sense pip sentimentality at the post in the marriage stakes?
Michael Kirke | 11 May 2012
Has the intensification of the debate over marriage affected a slowdown in what looked like an inexorable climb in support for the gay lobby’s cause in the United States? A reading of the detailed breakdown of the Pew Research Centre’s feedback on public opinion on the topic there might suggest something like this.
Are Obama and Cameron playing with electoral fire?
Michael Kirke | 10 May 2012
As was widely anticipated, President Obama’s “evolution” on the marriage question has now reached its final resting place in the gay lobby camp. But the political consequences are not so clear and the electoral rout which the other convert to the redefinition of marriage cause, Britain’s David Cameron, experienced at the polls last week might be worrying him. But really, given his imprisonment – not necessarily an unwilling confinement – by the ultra liberal caucus, he had little choice as to which side of the fence he was ultimately going to choose.
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