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Once again a motion calling for the redefinition of marriage in Northern Ireland has been stopped at Stormont. By a very narrow margin – just one vote – MLAs backed same-sex marriage. But the DUP used a standard parliamentary mechanism called a petition of concern to block the motion. You may have seen multiple news reports hailing this as a “symbolic victory” – but the media has conveniently forgotten that four previous attempts to start down the slippery slope of same-sex...


C4M has hit back at Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans after his attack on marriage on national TV at the weekend. Speaking on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch show, Evans claimed that marriage is outdated and oppressive to women, despite being married to his third wife Natasha Shishmanian. He said: “We began to get married 3000 years ago, which is about the ownership of a woman by a man, and actually, as a model it doesn’t work at all anymore.” His remarks were labelled “nonsense” by...


The Daily Mail columnist Andrew Pierce is the latest journalist to warn that Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) are likely to entrap innocent people. Pierce warned that anyone who criticises same-sex marriage could be “accused of a hate crime” under the Government’s proposed EDOs. He said that the approach to EDOs “all sounds fine on paper” but that in the process, the Home Secretary Theresa May could “implicate law-abiding citizens” rather than just tackle radical Islamist...


The Government’s proposed counter-extremism strategy could hit those who object to same-sex marriage, according to an Assistant Editor of The Daily Telegraph. Philip Johnston argues that the counter-extremism Bill making its way through Parliament has such a wide definition of ‘extremism’ that “it is hard to imagine that it will not inhibit free speech”. He said that opposition to same-sex marriage is “now considered hateful and potentially criminal.” He wrote: “True, the...


Do you believe same-sex marriage is wrong? OK, well that’s your business. Want to actually say that out loud? Hmm…that could be illegal. The suggestion comes from a startling interview on BBC Radio 4 with British values monitor Polly Harrow. Harrow, who works at a college in Huddersfield as the Head of Safeguarding and Prevent, said the British values strategy is seeking “not just tolerance but acceptance of difference and others”. Questioned about whether she would accept...


If you believe marriage is between one man and one woman, you are making a “Neanderthal judgement” on homosexual people. That’s what the Prime Minister said during the passage of same-sex marriage legislation, according to a new biography compiled from more than 300 interviews with senior figures in and around Number 10. Co-author Sir Anthony Seldon wrote that in response to his advisers repeatedly warning him against introducing same-sex marriage, David Cameron said: “Unless you are...


While Northern Irish politicians debate the way ahead for Stormont, one Labour MP has said what he thinks should be a priority. Redefining marriage. Despite MLAs voting against same-sex marriage again and again, the Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary says introducing it through Westminster legislation should be seriously considered if Stormont is suspended. He has also called for a referendum on the issue – although pro-gay groups aren’t too keen on that idea. In a speech in Belfast, Ivan...


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...

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