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David Cameron’s support for same-sex marriage was controversial. It was controversial among fellow Tories, national newspapers and most notably among the 669,444 people who signed C4M’s petition. But for De Montfort University in Leicester, his stance is something worth celebrating. The institution has conferred its highest honour on the Prime Minister for his “courageous” support for same-sex marriage at a ceremony at 10 Downing Street. Outlining the reasons for their decision, the...

Spiked editor Brendan O’Neill has warned Australians not to legislate for ‘illiberal’ same-sex marriage and described the plight of those who have opposed it in other countries. Speaking on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Q&A show, O’Neill said that same-sex marriage “presents itself as this kind of liberal civil-rightsy issue, but it has this really ugly, intolerant streak to it”. “Anyone who opposes gay marriage is demonised, harassed. We’ve seen people thrown...

Gay marriage TV ad blocked in Australia

Posted on 14th, August 2015

When an organisation produces an advert supporting a current law, you’d think there would be no problem getting it aired. But, in Australia when it comes to the issue of marriage, you’d be wrong. Marriage Alliance, an organisation which is speaking out against redefining marriage, produced a simple, straightforward and inoffensive advert for broadcast. But Channel 7 and Channel 10 refused to run it. One said they couldn’t accommodate the request while another declined to comment on...

A little-known Tory MP’s ‘clarification’ over the Government’s controversial anti-extremism plans has only added to concerns for those who believe marriage is between one man and one woman. Writing in The Spectator, Melanie McDonagh expressed genuine alarm over Mark Spencer’s comments, which implied that Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) could be used to stop schools teaching that gay marriage is wrong. She even warned, as C4M did C4M made back when same-sex marriage legislation was...

A letter from a Tory MP to one of his constituents shows, quite clearly, that he expects the Government’s Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) to be used to punish teachers who teach that gay marriage is wrong. In the letter, Mark Spencer MP initially claims that he believes “that everybody in our society has the right to free speech and to express their views without fear of persecution”. He then attempts to more clearly illustrate the function of EDOs for his concerned constituent,...

The founder of a think tank has blasted the Government for targeting schools which uphold marriage in an attempt to tackle extremism. Claire Fox, who heads up the Institute of Ideas, said that plans for Extremism Disruption Orders will undermine free speech in order to promote ‘British values’. Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Fox said: “When you break it down you then see that they’re actually betraying the civil liberties, the rule of law, they’re actually dictating what teachers teach in...

Novak Djokovic: “Get married!”

Posted on 24th, July 2015

It was good to see Wimbledon men’s champion Novak Djokovic attributing his recent success to getting married. Lifting the trophy in front of childhood sweetheart Jelena on their first anniversary the world number one and three-time Wimbledon winner said: “When I go back home, I’m not a tennis player any more. I’m a father and a husband. “That’s a kind of balance that I think allows me to play this well. Ever since I got married and became a father, I haven’t lost many matches, I...

Marriage is between a man and a woman, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. Speaking to popular YouTube personality LeFloid, Mrs Merkel said she did support civil partnerships but believed marriage was solely between people of the opposite sex. She also indicated that holding such a view is not discrimination. The Chancellor commented: “I’m someone who is very supportive of us eliminating all discrimination. “We have come a long way; when I remember, 25 years ago, many people...

Throughout our campaign in England and Wales, C4M highlighted the potential dangerous consequences of redefining marriage. One of these included the very real threat that polygamy or ‘group marriage’ would be the next battle ground. Less than two weeks after the US Supreme Court voted to impose same-sex marriage on every state, there are already calls for polygamy to be introduced. Andy Izenson, an attorney who campaigns on gender and sexuality, told Huffington Post that the same...

A legal challenge on the outcome of the Irish same-sex marriage referendum means that gay marriages could be held off until next year. Two men are appealing against the referendum result in Ireland’s Court of Appeal and the case may progress as far as the Supreme Court. A senior official in the Irish Government said: “Our hands are tied. We are at the mercy of the courts.” The Government had hoped to get the marriage redefinition wheels turning by Christmas but admitted that “it looks...

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