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What links two kings, two roommates and a duckling? They could all feature as gay characters in books for Irish primary schools after 22 May, if marriage is redefined. These unlikely characters, and many others, feature in story books for young children promoted by organisations including public bodies and Stonewall – the UK-based gay rights group. Images and text from the books are included in C4M’s guide on the impact of same-sex marriage on education , which can be downloaded from...


A distinguished journalist and author has written an open letter to the Irish Prime Minister accusing him of being “inept” in his handling of the same-sex marriage referendum. Bruce Arnold, the former chief critic of the Irish Independent, warned that a ‘yes’ vote for gay marriage in the Irish Republic would be “irreparably damaging” to moral life, married life and the future of the family. He wrote: “I have shown recently how totally out of step with the rest of the world...


The Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has said that she is open to discussing legal recognition for ‘throuples’ (three-person marriages). In a Q&A with PinkNews readers on 1 May, the following exchange took place: Questioner: “As someone living with his two boyfriends in a stable long-term relationship, I would like to know what your stance is on polyamory rights. Is there room for Green support on group civil partnerships or marriages?” Bennett: “At present, we do...


The UK Independence Party has expressed support for “reasonable accommodation” in law to protect freedom of conscience on the issue of same-sex marriage. The UKIP Christian manifesto pledges to extend the legal concept of ‘reasonable accommodation’ “to give protection in law to those expressing a religious conscience in the workplace” on the issue of same-sex marriage. In response, a spokesman for gay rights group Stonewall recognised that, “no individual should be sacked simply...


The redefinition of marriage has “driven away” more local Conservative members than party chiefs realise. That’s what a former Tory MP told columnist Iain Dale, who reported it today on ConservativeHome. It comes in the same week that a Conservative Parliamentary candidate branded C4M supporters “bigots” on Twitter. Dale wrote that the unnamed politician was unhappy with the Conservative Party’s organisation, and said that many local members had “died” or gone “off to...


A new campaign against redefining marriage has been launched by the group “Mothers and Fathers Matter”, ahead of next month’s referendum in Ireland. During the campaign launch in Dublin, the group asked why the Government doesn’t believe children “deserve the love of a mother and father”. Chairman of Mothers and Fathers Matter, Professor Ray Kinsella, said that it is important for children to “grow up with the experience, where that’s possible, of their biological parents”. He...


Sinn Fein has launched a campaign urging people in the Republic of Ireland to vote in favour of redefining marriage in a referendum next month. Speaking at a press event last week, the party’s Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald claimed that people need to be “challenged” where their views are “based on a sense of bigotry or a desire to exclude.” She said: “We’ll be running a vigorous campaign.” Sinn Fein plans to distribute leaflets to half a million homes in Ireland, and to talk...


C4M supporter Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester, is reported in the Telegraph online today saying: “I think words like ‘bigot’ are often used to close down discussion on important issues.” Bishop Michael’s comments perfectly articulate what so many supporters of traditional marriage are already experiencing. That is, to hold a view opposed to same-sex marriage is to risk being ostracised or worse. And if you think that’s an overreaction, take a look at...


Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Totnes, has called C4M supporters “bigots” on her Twitter account. Dr Wollaston tweeted her remarks after reading a C4M flyer highlighting that she had voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act – a matter of public record. Clearly irked by us pointing out that she had ignored the views of huge numbers of local people when she backed a Bill for which the Coalition had no manifesto mandate, she responded “Thanks...


Nick Clegg is once again pouring scorn on traditional marriage supporters by claiming that opposition to redefining marriage disappeared after the first same-sex weddings in 2013. Speaking during an interview with homosexual news service Pink News, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “It’s amazing how quickly equal marriage has been accepted by much of the country – so much of the opposition simply fizzled out once people saw the happiness of individual couples on their wedding...

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