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Yesterday marked the first anniversary of same-sex weddings in England and Wales – the very public outworking of a politician-led redefinition of marriage. The definition of marriage as the ‘voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others’ was one that had stood the test of time. Marriage has been, and still is, the most successful partnership in history, stretching back thousands of years, across cultures, and across the world. Not one party...

The family of bakers on trial for declining to decorate a cake with the campaign slogan “Support Gay Marriage” have been giving evidence in Belfast County Court today. Karen McArthur, who owns and runs Ashers with her husband Colin and son Daniel, told the court she had declined the order because of “the message on the cake”. She said, “I knew in my heart that I could not put that message on the cake” because “I do not support gay marriage”. The Equality...

If there’s one subject which unites David Cameron and Ed Miliband it seems to be the high esteem in which they hold the introduction of gay marriage. Back in January, David Cameron called the redefinition of marriage one of his highlights for 2014. Now, Ed Miliband has said that he admires David Cameron for pushing to legalise same-sex marriage. In comments made during a live interview on Channel 4 last night, he identified the introduction of gay marriage as one the things he most...

C4M has spoken out in defence of the family bakery being taken to court by an equality quango for upholding traditional marriage. Spokeswoman Dr Sharon James said: “Equality law should not be used to force people to endorse causes they don’t believe in.” She was speaking as the McArthur family, who own Ashers Baking Company, give evidence today after being dragged into court by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. The McArthurs were first threatened with legal action last year...

Media outlets in the Republic of Ireland have faced criticism for an endless “one sided” promotion of the ‘yes’ vote for same-sex marriage. The country will hold a referendum on whether to redefine marriage in May this year. David Quinn, Director of think-tank the Iona Institute, said he couldn’t think of many examples of somebody going on air to say “I’m voting no”. He was speaking after Senator John Crown voiced support for gay marriage while sitting as a panellist on an RTE...

A mother of four from South Carolina has announced that she is opposed to gay marriage, despite once advocating it. Heather Barwick, who was brought up by a lesbian couple, wrote an article for web magazine The Federalist, saying that her opposition is based on the “nature of the same-sex relationship itself”. She wrote: “Growing up, and even into my 20s, I supported and advocated for gay marriage. It’s only with some time and distance from my childhood that I’m able to reflect on my...

A woman raised by a lesbian couple has written an open letter to a US Supreme Court judge urging him not to redefine marriage. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether or not same-sex marriage is a constitutional right in June. Katy Faust, a blogger and mother of four wrote: “You don’t hear much from us because, as far as the media are concerned, it’s impossible that we could both love our gay parent(s) and oppose gay marriage. Many are of the opinion I should not exist. But I do,...

A top British University is censoring pro-traditional marriage views, according to reports of a picture of the former Archbishop of Canterbury being removed because he opposes gay marriage. Lord Carey has responded by warning that free speech is under “exceptional attack”, after an LGBT group leader at King’s College London said refreshing a line up of former students outside the university would mean removing his picture and including “minorities”. The student newspaper at King’s...

A couple who believe marriage has “sexist trappings” have been granted permission to continue their legal bid for heterosexual civil partnerships. Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld want the Government to go back on its decision last year to reject such unions. Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing has granted permission for the case to proceed, and ruled that the couple should have their costs limited if they lose the case. C4M has previously warned that civil partnerships for heterosexual couples...

The Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has written to its congregations ahead of the General Election to affirm its support for traditional marriage and to encourage people to vote for candidates who support it too. The letter states that marriage is “founded on a loving and faithful relationship between a man and a woman” and describes it as the “basic building block of society” which “provides stability for the nurturing and education of children”. It continues: “Society...

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