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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...


In her Daily Mail column on Saturday, Amanda Platell makes some fair points about the debate on redefining marriage. She highlights the intolerant campaign of vilification against those who have spoken in support of traditional marriage. The Archbishop of York received hate mail, some of a racist nature. David Burrowes MP has also been on the receiving end of a hate campaign. In fact, he has even received a death threat for his stance. This campaign of hatred and intolerance is completely at...


In less than one week, the national petition for marriage has gathered more than 50,000 signatures. That number only includes those who have signed up online. In addition, people across the nation are signing paper petitions and posting them in. The Coalition for Marriage produced half-a-million paper petition forms for distribution throughout the UK. Reacting to news that the online petition passed the 50,000 mark, campaign director Colin Hart said: “In just our first week, 50,000...


BBC News, 25 Feb 2012. A Coalition for Marriage spokesman comments on an article by Equality Minister Lynne Featherstone about her plans to redefine marriage over the heads of the people. Marriage doesn’t belong to Lynne Featherstone and she shouldn’t be bulldozing ahead with plans to rewrite its legal meaning.

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