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C4M is gathering support in Guernsey, ahead of a vote by the island’s Parliament next month on redefining marriage. The gay rights campaign group Liberate has been pressuring the Guernsey Government to bring in same-sex marriage – but using the latest data from the Office for National Statistics, there are an estimated 690 homosexual people living in Guernsey. The BBC has reported Liberate’s Martin Gavet saying that they do not expect all faith groups to want to perform gay weddings...


Being labelled a bigot and even losing your livelihood is what faces those who stand up for true marriage, commentator Virginia Blackburn has said. Writing in the Daily Express on freedom of speech, she said the erosion of liberty to speak out for what you believe in is reminiscent of the Soviet Union. Blackburn said: “Those who still express reservations about gay marriage are called bigots, taken to court, had their livelihoods destroyed and all because they don’t kowtow to what some...


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 Speaking on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch show, Evans claimed that marriage is outdated and oppressive to women, despite being married to his third wife Natasha Shishmanian.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...

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