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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...


A political science professor in the United States has been suspended for supporting a student’s right to oppose same-sex marriage. Prof McAdams, of Marquette University in Wisconsin, raised objections after reports that a teaching assistant had told one of her students that opposition to gay marriage is ‘offensive speech’. After writing a blog criticising the assistant’s actions, Professor McAdams was suspended with pay. In the blog, Prof McAdams wrote that the teaching assistant was...


In an article published in the Irish Times, distinguished journalist and author Bruce Arnold eloquently argues why the unique and precious nature of marriage means the Republic of Ireland should vote against redefining it. Ahead of the referendum, expected on 22 May, Arnold uses his own life experiences, the effects on the law, and society itself to explain why same-sex marriage is wrong. He says the difference between a ‘union’ and a ‘marriage’ is the “dilemma” at the heart of...

C4M is 3 today

Posted on 20th, February 2015


Coalition for Marriage is three years old today! When we began back in 2012 it was to promote and defend traditional marriage in response to the Government’s plans to redefine marriage. Only a few years before it would have been difficult to imagine the need for such a defence. 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...

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