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You’ve certainly been making your feelings known about the Red Cross’ decision to axe longstanding volunteer Bryan Barkley over his opposition to same-sex marriage. Thank you. We are aware of thousands of emails, Facebook postings and tweets expressing both support for Mr Barkley and real shock and dismay that the Red Cross took such a decision in the first place. Read the report in The Daily Telegraph, Friday, 14 November 2014 Four Conservative MPs have also backed a motion in...

C4M is supporting Bryan Barkley, dismissed by the British Red Cross after 18 years service as a volunteer, for holding up a sign saying “No Same Sex Marriage”. Read the report in the Daily Mail, Saturday, 1 November 2014 Over those 18 years Mr Barkley worked on 84 cases helping to track down missing persons and reunite families torn apart by conflict. Earlier this year he was invited to attend the British Red Cross garden party at Buckingham Palace. But on the very same day he...

Scores of people packed into a UKIP fringe event last week to hear about the need for reasonable accommodation for those who support traditional marriage. Hazelmary Bull – a Cornish B&B owner who was sued over her stance on marriage – told people how she and her husband had suffered as a result of the case. She was joined at the event by UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott. He cautioned against an erosion of free speech and conscience. C4M are asking all the parties to make a manifesto pledge to...

The national debate surrounding the redefinition of marriage was unnecessary, Nigel Farage has said in response to questions on LBC radio. Asked for his views on same-sex marriage, the UKIP leader said that it was “an argument and a fight” that “wasn’t particularly needed” and pointed out that homosexual lobby group Stonewall had not originally been calling for its introduction. He also expressed a “big fear” that under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights, there...

Vindication for sacked registrar

Posted on 1st, September 2014

A registrar sacked for saying she didn’t want to conduct same-sex weddings has been offered her job back. Margaret Jones was accused of “gross misconduct” and “bringing the council into disrepute” despite her willingness to deal with related administrative tasks. Her appeal was upheld unanimously by a panel which decided that Central Bedfordshire Council had not fully investigated ways of accommodating Margaret’s religious beliefs about marriage. They also found evidence that in...

After vowing last year to export same-sex marriage around the world, the Prime Minister has now said the Foreign Office is pushing for similar changes in other countries, and that Britain should “encourage the rest of our world to take our lead”. His enthusiasm comes despite only 1,409 same-sex marriages taking place in England and Wales in the three months from March 29. In December this year it will become possible to convert a civil partnership into a same-sex marriage. We will wait...

From next month, academies, free schools and independent schools in England will be required to ‘actively promote’ the rights defined in the Equality Act 2010. The new Government regulations provide an opportunity for activists to push same-sex marriage in the classroom. The Department for Education claims anti-extremism measures promote ‘British values’ and are required in the wake of the recent ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal. But it is difficult to see how promoting same-sex marriage...

A family-run bakery in Northern Ireland threatened with legal action for refusing to decorate a gay marriage campaign cake has received overwhelming public support. A ComRes poll of over 2,000 British adults found that 60 per cent agree it was “disproportionately heavy-handed” for the Equality Commission to seek to take the bakery to court. The McArthur family, who own Ashers Baking Company, said they could not fulfil the order because of their conviction that marriage is between a man and...

Gay marriage not a ‘human right’

Posted on 21st, July 2014

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that there is no human right to same-sex marriage. The judgment says that European human rights law recognises the “fundamental right of a man and woman to marry and to found a family” and “enshrines the traditional concept of marriage as being between a man and a woman”.

Supreme Court judge Baroness Hale of Richmond has said the law needs to work out “how far it should allow for a ‘conscience clause’” for service providers or employees who believe in traditional marriage. The Deputy President of the UK’s Supreme Court called for a rethink six months after rejecting an appeal by Peter and Hazelmary Bull. A same-sex couple sued B&B owners Mr and Mrs Bull over their policy of only allowing married couples to share a double bed; a policy based upon...

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