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A huge letter-writing campaign by C4M supporters has led to vital safeguards being included in Government guidance on how schools teach ‘British values’. We have consistently warned against vaguely worded new school standards which seemed to require teachers, pupils and parents to agree with same-sex marriage. The Government has now clarified the position and written to all schools in England: “The standard does not mean, for example, that schools must promote alternative lifestyles or...

Coalition for Marriage has warned of the “new chilling intolerance in public debate” during a live TV discussion on same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland. Dr Sharon James, speaking for C4M on the situation in England and Wales since the law was changed, raised concerns about “a new intolerance” which had developed, of anybody who still believes that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. She told the Claire Byrne Live show that the situation was “very disturbing” and...

David Cameron was recently asked for his proudest achievement of last year – and gay marriage was right up at the top of the list. He was speaking at a Q&A session in the Wirral and claimed that the redefinition of marriage was one of his highlights, along with work on the economy. He said: “I did get a lot of letters in 2014 from men who said, because of the changes you made, I have been able to marry the person I love. And that was great.” According to The Sun he gets 86,000...

Former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe has rubbished a claim that her previous column about sacked volunteer Bryan Barkley was inaccurate. In her Daily Express column today (scroll to view) she again addressed the case of Mr Barkley, a man who expressed his belief in marriage between one man and one woman and paid a heavy price. The former Tory MP has previously said that she will stop fundraising for the charity, and today she countered a claim about “inaccuracies” in a previous...

After seven weeks of waiting, the appeal hearing for Bryan Barkley, the Red Cross volunteer dismissed because of his support for traditional marriage, finally took place on 11 December. C4M supporters have contacted the Red Cross in their thousands to express their disappointment and disbelief at its actions and called for Mr Barkley to be reinstated. A final outcome is expected in the next 2 weeks.

A former High Court judge says he no longer supports the idea of giving cohabitees the same legal rights as married couples. Sir Paul Coleridge, who until last year was a family judge, described such legislation as “naïve” and “lawyer-driven”, and instead called for the Government to be “unequivocal” in supporting marriage. The retired High Court judge set up the Marriage Foundation in 2012 to combat the family breakdown culture and has previously come under fire for supporting...

A dispute over the status of ‘humanist’ marriages, compared to traditional church weddings, has broken out between the Tories and the Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dems want people who are agnostic or atheist to be able to have a secular wedding, outside a registry office. They argue that ‘humanist’ weddings should have the same legal force as marriages in a church or a synagogue. A senior Government source has revealed that Downing Street is against the proposal, saying: “the Tories...

From today, same-sex couples can convert their civil partnerships to a same-sex marriage, and senior Liberal Democrats are in a celebratory mood. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and equalities minister Jo Swinson both talk about the change with glee. According to Mr Clegg, this day is “another celebration for LGBT rights”. And Jo Swinson describes the change as “fantastic for couples in civil partnerships, and for the whole country”. She also paints those who opposed same-sex marriage...

A date has now been set for Red Cross volunteer Bryan Barkley’s appeal against his dismissal for supporting marriage. The hearing will be tomorrow Thursday 11 December. Thank you again to the many people who have contacted the Red Cross over its decision to axe Mr Barkley for his stance on marriage. We are aware that the Red Cross has been responding to some of you saying: “we want to make it absolutely clear that the British Red Cross did not dismiss this volunteer because of his views on...

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan faces a big fight to get re-elected as an MP after her U-turn on same-sex marriage and the introduction of education regulations, says C4M’s Colin Hart. In September, Mrs Morgan brought in regulations promoting so-called ‘British values’. This has led to a private Christian school being told to invite leaders from other religions to lead assemblies and inspectors asking intrusive questions to schoolgirls at Orthodox Jewish schools. In October she said she...

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