Is there a case for same-sex marriage?
Questions of eligibility and consequences
Voice for Justice UK is proud to announce its co-publication with Anglican Mainstreamof the groundbreaking study by R S Harris, Is there a case for same-sex marriage? This is a fearless examination of the issues involved, based on peer reviewed, worldwide research. A copy has been sent today to all Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords. Needless to say, we had no idea when planning this that it would coincide with the Government announcement of its plans regarding gay marriage but, in the circumstances, it feels rather like a ‘God thing’!
Below is an edited version of the press release that was sent out today to the media. Please buy a copy for yourselves (you can order direct from us at firstname.lastname@example.org write to Voice for Justice UK, PO Box 3837, Swindon, SN6 9DS. It will also shortly be available as an e-book).
It has already been highly commended by many influential politicians, lawyers and leading churchmen, including The Right Hon. Lord Mackay of Clashfern, former Lord Chancellor of Great Britain, who said:
‘This is a full balanced account of the argument against opening the institution of marriage to same sex couples … The reader will be able to reach a conclusion on this issue confident that it is based on a thorough analysis and not dependent on any view he or she has previously formed.’
Please do read this important book and join with us now in making your voice heard!
Equal Marriage is “fundamentally flawed”
says new in-depth study
Research sent to constituency Conservatives and WestminsterMPs will “strengthen grass-roots Tory opposition” as David Cameron attempts to railroad through gay marriage legislation
A new study of extensive world-wide research published today concludes that government plans to introduce same sex marriage (SSM) legislation in the near future are based on false premises and a deeply flawed understanding of both conventional marriage and gay relationships.
“The long-term impact of such legislation on our children’s up-bringing, on our health and welfare and on our liberties enshrined in law has not been acknowledged by SSM proponents,” says author R S Harris, “nor in its rush has the government encouraged proper debate around these vital issues.”
The study, which comprises secular argument and research and is non-religious in approach, is published by Anglican Mainstream (AM), the UK-based online information resource for the global Anglican Communion, and Voice for Justice UK, a new campaigning group for civil and religious liberties. It is the first of its kind in the UK and is commended by a number of public and political figures, including the former Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay of Clashfern.
Our report is unashamedly academic and educational,” said AM’s Chris Sugden, “but it is full of hard-hitting facts and evidence against gay marriage that SSM proponents dare not face and try to avoid.”
Polling by ComRes has found that seven in ten Tory constituency chairmen want David Cameron to drop the proposal; six in ten believe it will lose their party more votes than it will gain and nearly five in ten report a loss of association members over the issue.
The report concludes:
· The concept of ‘equal marriage’ is fundamentally flawed as it presupposes a questionable notion of ‘equality’ and ignores the essential and defining components of conventional marriage.
· Gay marriage falsely judges parenting roles as interchangeable.
· Same-sex marriage wrongly assumes that the benefits of marriage are automatically transferable to same-sex couples who ‘enter’ the same institution.
· There is no evidence that same-sex couples will benefit from the ‘commitment device’ invoked by marriage.
· Gay marriage introduces a disturbing, unproven and socially risky new norm into society, that children do not need both a mother and father for optimal development, when all the evidence points the other way.
· Same-sex parenting studies are fundamentally flawed in their sample size and methodology when measured against commonly accepted social science standards.
· When same-sex couples create children through IVF, it is a grave injustice to the rights of children, as they are unable to know and be cared for by one or both of their natural parents.
· In jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is already legal, this holds the status of legal fiction.
· If ‘love and commitment’ are the sole criterion for marriage then alarming consequences ensue, such as the validation of incestuous relationships, as well as recognition of polygamous, polyamorous relationships, as has already begun to occur in countries with SSM.
· Fear of causing offence makes society tread silently around disturbing medical data from both the UK and the US that, like smoking, homosexual activity is intrinsically unhealthy. For instance unlike the vaginal lining, the rectal lining is unable to withstand penetrative activity without medical damage. The active promotion of a gay lifestyle in schools that SSM marriage inevitably entails is medically harmful for our children, especially boys, and costly to the health service.
· Dissent from the new government-promoted orthodoxy regarding family life, sexual ethics and marriage is now treated with the same uncompromising intolerance that the US Senate McCarthy Committee once treated those suspected of supporting communism.