Co-authored with John Jalsevac
LONDON, February 20, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Last week, the UK’s most powerful homosexualist lobby group, Stonewall, presented legislation to Parliament that proposes five steps to resolve the legal complexities involved in introducing same-sex “marriage”
Among the suggested legal changes, Stonewall’s draft bill would amend the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 to remove the terms “husband” and “wife” and replace with “parties to a marriage.”
Although Stonewall did not hold a formal position on same-sex “marriage” until recently, it is clear that the group was simply waiting for a more opportune political moment, when same-sex “marriage” legislation would have cross-party support, and a chance of passing the Hose of Lords. That moment appears to be now.
The presentation of Stonewall’s legislation comes weeks before David Cameron’s coalition government is set to commence a public consultation on how to go about legalizing same-sex “marriage.”
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Dr. Peter Saunders, the CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF), says that the imposition of “gay marriage” is a “legal can of worms” that will take years to sort out.
While the coalition government seems determined to legalize the novel institution, it is not known exactly by what legal method they intend to proceed. Dr. Saunders writes that there are several possibilities: to upgrade all civil partnerships to marriages, to open both marriage and civil partnerships to both gay and straight couples and to rename civil partnerships as same sex “marriages.”
All of these present different legal problems and it is to find ways to resolve these that David Cameron announced his consultation. What the consultation will not explore is whether Brits need or desire the redefinition of marriage.
Even before the last election that created the current government, the Conservative Party under David Cameron’s leadership made it clear that the homosexualist political ambitions were going to be a high priority. In only one month last year, October, the Home Office announced that passports will now have the option of naming same-sex couples as the holder’s parents. Then on October 10th the office of international development said the government will cut overseas aid in countries that did not “respect gay rights.” And on October 27th the secretary general of the Commonwealth endorsed the homosexual agenda, saying, “Discrimination and criminalisation on grounds of sexual orientation is at odds with our values”.
A month after the government announced that same-sex “marriage” legislation would be passed by 2015, the Prime Minister told party members at a meeting in early October, “We’re consulting on legalising gay marriage. And to anyone who has reservations, I say this: Yes, it’s about equality, but it’s also about something else: commitment.”
In response to the legalization effort, a campaign to stop the redefinition of marriage was launched today by Christian leaders, led by George Lord Carey, the former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury who is known for his social conservative views. Carey said that the effort redefine marriage “constitutes one of the greatest political power grabs in history.”
“For thousands of years, the union of one man and one woman has been the bedrock of societies across cultures all around the world,” he said at this morning’s launch of the Coalition for Marriage.
“Marriage is a cornerstone of our society. Because of this, I believe the general public will oppose the present attempt to fundamentally alter – and undermine – the institution.”
Part of the Coalition for Marriage effort is a petition, which nearly 8,000 people have already signed.