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The National Executive of UKIP has issued a statement saying it opposes government plans to change the definition of marriage. The statement says “while UKIP fully supports the concept of civil partnerships, it opposes the move to legislate for same-sex marriage.” The statement also raises concerns about liberty of conscience. If the definition of marriage changes, UKIP believes there is a risk that people who believe in traditional marriage will...


A new national poll, published today, shows that 70% don’t want marriage to be redefined. It shows that the Government is at odds with the public on this issue. A majority, 59%, agree with civil partnerships and seven out of ten agreed with the statement “Marriage should continue to be defined as a life-long exclusive commitment between a man and a woman”. Over two thirds, 68%, say: “Marriage is important to society and should be promoted by the state.” And 84% think: “Although...


In a measured article, the Guardian’s Michael White reflects on the recent debate about redefining marriage and concludes: “[I]t will be wise to retain a legal distinction between marriage and civil partnership. Noisy bishops aren’t always wrong.” He comments on Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s outspoken article on the matter: “Basically what he’s saying, not for the first time, is that marriage is a universally accepted concept, defined by Article 16 of the universal...


A letter will be read out at every Catholic parish church this weekend urging England’s five million Roman Catholics to resist the government’s plans to redefine marriage. The Daily Telegraph has seen a copy of the letter, and has published extracts in today’s paper. The moderately-worded letter is signed by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, leader of England’s Roman Catholics, and Archbishop Peter Smith. It says the true meaning of marriage is in danger of being lost if the...


The BBC’s Andrew Marr said on his Sunday morning TV show that redefining marriage may dog David Cameron’s time in Number 10 like the hunting ban did during Tony Blair’s years in office. Marr made the connection after Cardinal O’Brien wrote a strongly-worded article in The Sunday Telegraph attacking the government’s gay marriage plans. Today, the Daily Telegraph carries an editorial warning the government that the issue will be deeply divisive. And The Sun points...


The national petition launched by the Coalition for Marriage (C4M), has been signed by more than 100,000 in just two weeks. This important milestone has been reached after an influx of paper copies of the petition, which can be downloaded from c4m.org.uk The petition, which opposes the Government’s attempts to redefine marriage, was launched on 20th February at an event attended by prominent church leaders, MPs, peers, legal and constitutional experts and members of the public. It was...


In a strongly worded article for The Sunday Telegraph Cardinal Keith O’Brien – Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic – has said that marriage should not be redefined by the Westminster Government. He said: “Since all the legal rights of marriage are already available to homosexual couples, it is clear that this proposal is not about rights, but rather is an attempt to redefine marriage for the whole of society at the behest of a small minority of activists.”...


The national petition launched less than a fortnight ago by the Coalition for Marriage (C4M), is expected to hit the key milestone of 100,000 next week. The jump in numbers is thanks to an influx of paper copies of the petition, which have been downloaded from the C4M website, or sent out to campaign supporters. The petition form can be downloaded here. The petition, which opposes Government’s attempts to redefine marriage, was unveiled on 20th February by Colin Hart, the Campaign Director of...


Julie Bindel, referred to as Sky News’ “most famous lesbian”, reviewed the papers for the broadcaster on Tuesday night last week. On seeing that Ian McKellen was on the front page of the Independent calling for gay marriage, she said it was “a waste of time and effort”. She added: “Many people, knowing that I’m a lesbian who has campaigned for gay rights for many years, would be surprised at me saying this but I would like to abolish marriage for everyone...


The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, gave a carefully worded speech yesterday about human rights and religious faith. He warns that some religious communities “feel that alien cultural standards are somehow being imposed – particularly in regard to inherited views of marriage and family.” He added: “If it is said, for example, that a failure to legalise assisted suicide – or same-sex marriage – perpetuates stigma or marginalisation for some people, the...

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