The family unit is a characteristic of every civilisation. Marriage is undoubtedly the most important and oldest social structure known to humanity. The marriage-based family comprising husband and wife, children and a network of relatives is the basic building block for our society. A highly organised campaign by powerful pressure groups is seeking to change the meaning of the word ‘marriage’ itself. Incredibly the politicians are doing this without any mandate, without proper consultation and against huge opposition in the country. They are rushing through hastily drafted legislation to sweep on one side the established definition of marriage.
The third reading of the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill is on 20th & 21st May in the House of Commons. Although a large majority of MPs voted for the Bill at the second reading IT IS NOT TOO LATE for this Bill to be defeated. If it is voted in by MPs it will then be taken to the House of Lords. This gives further opportunity for opposition to be expressed.
They have not told us whether or how they are going to change the meaning of other words such as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ and ‘mother’ and ‘father’. Although it is currently being considered in Parliament, they have, so far, totally failed to define the crucial terms ‘adultery’ and ‘consummation’ for their new regime.
In this new situation the State will inevitably have to introduce some form of propaganda into our schools to feed to our children and to seek to explain to them this absurd new concept. To make matters worse the State will inevitably force teachers, against their conscience, to teach children, what many of them consider to be a lie, probably on pain of losing their jobs. The proposals are being presented in the name of ‘equality’. This is grossly mislead. The reality is that the proposed legislation gives no additional rights whatsoever to those already given in civil partnerships.
If future anomalies and confusion are to be avoided far more time needs to be spent on this controversial proposal, which has split the nation. MPs need to be told of the folly of what they are doing. There has been no public demand for this legislation and once again, many politicians have failed to recognise the deep chasm which divides them from the public. The membership of their parties in their constituencies is in most cases pathetically small – considerably less than the membership of local churches. We have now reached the stage where the majority of the public often choose not to vote in elections.
There is still time for MPs to have second thoughts about this miserable Bill. A vast section of the public now opposes it. Significantly, many of them have suffered abuse and vilification by militant supporters of the proposals.
Between now and next week MPs are vulnerable to influence by electors. Hopefully, the House of Lords will save the nation from the consequences of this malign legislation which future generations will regret.
DEFEND MARRIAGE NOW
This is what you can do NOW to oppose this pernicious proposal:
- TODAY email your MP here, expressing your concerns, or write to them at The House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA.
- Ensure there is an avalanche of individual emails and letters to every MP by next Monday, 20th May. Write again even if you have already written.
- THIS WEEKEND arrange for a group of your friends to lobby your MP at his/her constituency office.
- IMMEDIATELY write a letter to your local press opposing the proposals and demanding a referendum. Get others to write as well.
- TODAY sign the Coalition for Marriage petition (http://c4m.org.uk/) if you have not already done so. Get others to do the same.
- THIS SUNDAY make sure that the congregation of your church is informed about what is happening.
- OVER THE WEEKEND Encourage your church itself to write urgently to your MP.
- THIS WEEKEND send a petition letter to your MP with local signatures.
- NEXT MONDAY leave a telephone message at your MP’s office in Westminster (0207 219 3000) urging him/her to oppose the legislation.
- ABOVE ALL, PRAY FOR WHAT IS HAPPENING – BOTH AT HOME AND AT CHURCH. ESPECIALLY PRAY FOR THE CHILDREN OF OUR NATION.
NOTE: There are national prayer gatherings outside Parliament next MONDAY AND TUESDAY, 20 & 21 MAY (12-2pm & 5-7pm). Also Sunday 2nd June is being set aside in many churches as “Prayer for Marriage Day”.
The Maranatha Community strongly supports the ‘Coalition for Marriage’
Further information available from the Maranatha Website: (or hard copy from our office)
Maranatha Submission (March 2013)
‘The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee
“The Big Question – What on Earth are we Doing to our Children?” (December 2012) presented in Parliament. (Available from the Maranatha online bookshop)
Maranatha Parliamentary Consultations
2004 ‘Survival of the Marriage-based Family – Does it Matter’, House of Lords
2006 ‘Family and Marriage – An Overview’, House of Commons
2008 ‘Future of the Marriage-based Family’, House of Commons
2012 ‘Equal Civil Marriage Consultation’
The Maranatha team has a continually growing pool of research information which is being used to brief Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Supplementary information on same-sex marriage is being produced next week by our researchers for submission to selected Parliamentarians.