Archbishop Nichols and Archbishop Smith have said: "The roots of the institution of marriage lie in our nature. Male and female we have been created, and written into our nature is this pattern of complementarity and fertility… Marriage between a man and a woman is the foundation of the family and provides the best circumstances in which to raise the next generation. A change in the law would reduce it just to the commitment of two people with no recognition of the complementarity of male and female or that marriage is intended for the procreation and education of children”.
Our East Worthing MP Tim Loughton has opposed the bill, unfortunately West Worthing MP Peter Bottomley has not!
The Government ignores the views of over 626,000 people who oppose the change, If you also do it is important to let him know your views. The most effective way is by letter, perhaps using some of the following points:
- This bill was not in the Conservative Manifesto, the Coalition Agreement or in the Queen's Speech. . There is no mandate for it. Marriage doesn’t belong to politicians, they don’t own it and have no right to redefine it over the heads of the people.
- The current definition of marriage is backed by 70 per cent of the public. Even within the gay community less than 40 per cent see this as a priority.
- Leaves churches vulnerable – Government protections can’t be guaranteed as cases will be referred to court of Human Rights.
- Impact on schools, health & some Local Government. Depts. – teachers/employees that refuse to endorse this will be sacked.
- The terms “husband” and “wife” would have to be removed from official documents. • There will be two ‘husbands/Dads’ or two ‘wives/Mums’ in a marriage, Children will have an additional Mum or Dad!
- Child passport application forms in the UK are to be redesigned to remove the words “mother” and “father”, replacing them with “parent 1 and parent 2”. Thousands of other forms will have to be redesigned. An expensive Bureaucratic nightmare.
- Same-sex couples already have all the legal rights of marriage available through civil partnerships.
That you may even consider your voting position at future elections! Send letters or emails to Peter Bottomley MP, House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA.