I try not to be too political in my blogs (sorry in advance) — for a long time I wasn’t at all political in my private life, but as I’ve grown up I’ve found myself becoming more and more politically aware!
Recently there’s been a lot about Coalition for Marriage and Coalition for Equal Marriage on the news, on Facey-B, on Twitter…
Each time I allow myself to read whatever is being written and find myself on the Coalition for Marriage’s website I get quite angry…
I was brought up in a highly conservative, Christian (Evangelical) home yet I turned out gay. I understand that Christianity generally isn’t homosexuality’s biggest advocate however the arguments used by the (mostly religious) Coalition for Marriage are, in my view, incontrovertibly narrow-minded and, without any bias, wrong. I genuinely cannot see how the Coalition for Marriage‘s claims can be backed up soundly.
The following comes direct from their website:
“If marriage is redefined…People’s careers could be harmed, couples seeking to adopt or foster could be excluded, and schools would inevitably have to teach the new definition to children”
I am always willing to listen to the two sides of an argument (and in this instance my upbringing and my own personal views and lifestyle give me a very clear idea of the arguments for and against) however if someone wants to try to back up the above claim and explain it to me I would be most grateful. Seriously!
I understand that Christians want to protect what they see as the sanctity of marriage. But that is Christian, religious marriage.
The government is proposing the change to civil marriage. State marriage.
Such opposition I admit I find a little difficult to stomach – some of the reactions I have seen on television and read in the newspaper exhibit a real misunderstanding amongst some members of the public. Some people seem to be living under the impression that they believe that through introducing gay civil marriage, heterosexual men will be forced to marry other men (and the same for women too). For real!
That’s not the point.
The point is that if you’re gay and happen to love someone of the same sex you can also marry. It’s not to make the whole country marry someone of the same sex. That really isn’t the point! Obvious, I know.
As Ben Summerskill (Chief Executive of Stonewall) said, “Our strong advice to anyone who disagrees with same-sex marriage is not to get married to someone of the same sex”. Full stop. Period.
If anybody happens to want to sign the Coalition for Equal Marriage’s petition and agrees with the Coalition that “Marriage is unique. It is a union of two people in love, for life, to the exclusion of all others. A commitment upon which one can build a home and a family” then feel free to follow this link and sign away.
I can’t say I agree wholeheartedly with C4EM’s wording (bigotry is a bit harsh to label every individual that disagrees with gay marriage) but I agree with the principles for which they stand – and that’s the important bit!