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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...


A little-known Tory MP’s ‘clarification’ over the Government’s controversial anti-extremism plans has only added to concerns for those who believe marriage is between one man and one woman. Writing in The Spectator, Melanie McDonagh expressed genuine alarm over Mark Spencer’s comments, which implied that Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) could be used to stop schools teaching that gay marriage is wrong. She even warned, as C4M did back when same-sex marriage legislation was going...


A letter from a Tory MP to one of his constituents shows, quite clearly, that he expects the Government’s Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) to be used to punish teachers who teach that gay marriage is wrong. In the letter, Mark Spencer MP initially claims that he believes “that everybody in our society has the right to free speech and to express their views without fear of persecution”. He then attempts to more clearly illustrate the function of EDOs for his concerned constituent,...


The founder of a think tank has blasted the Government for targeting schools which uphold marriage in an attempt to tackle extremism. Claire Fox, who heads up the Institute of Ideas, said that plans for Extremism Disruption Orders will undermine free speech in order to promote ‘British values’. Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Fox said: “When you break it down you then see that they’re actually betraying the civil liberties, the rule of law, they’re actually dictating what teachers teach in...

Novak Djokovic: “Get married!”

Posted on 24th, July 2015


It was good to see Wimbledon men’s champion Novak Djokovic attributing his recent success to getting married. Lifting the trophy in front of childhood sweetheart Jelena on their first anniversary the world number one and three-time Wimbledon winner said: “When I go back home, I’m not a tennis player any more. I’m a father and a husband. “That’s a kind of balance that I think allows me to play this well. Ever since I got married and became a father, I haven’t lost many matches, I...

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