If any of you Brits are thinking of responding the the Home Office’s survey on same sex marriage (https://www.homeofficesurveys.homeoffice.gov.uk) – and if you are a Christian you should, because it will, whether you want to believe it or not, be forced on your church by the UK Courts eventually – most of the questions are multiple choice, but some require comment. Here are some of my answers – please feel free to plagiarise or ignore as needed! Q 15 is a bit vague to a simpleton such as me, but the answers will kind of make sense (I hope) if you read the survey!
Q14 If the Government persists in pursuing this ill-advised policy, I cannot see what justification there would be for retaining civil partnerships. If there is to be no quantitative difference between marriage and civil partnerships, it makes no sense to retain them. This betrays yet again the Government’s muddled thinking and juvenile understanding of the sociological and historical meaning of marriage.
Q15 There is no benefit to the private sector. The main effect will be the further diminution of the importance to society of the traditional role of mother and father, man and woman, in the raising of children and the furtherence of mankind, and in the understanding of the complimentarity of men and women – that they are created equal but inherently different and are special because of that fact, not in spite of it. In many areas of society, males are incapable of understanding their roles as men and fathers, and live in a sort of quasi-teenager world of casual hook-ups, children with different partners and X-Boxes. They no longer feel needed in the rearing and education of their children. The move to same-sex marriage will only exacerbate this situation by further clouding the idea of manhood and fatherhood.
Q16 On the point of not compelling religious organisations to hold same-sex marriages, the Government’s assurances that religious groups would not face litigation are, as the Home Office well knows, worthless and disingenuous. Recent legal precedent, along with the previous Labour Government’s decision to incorporate Human Rights law into all lawmaking means that such groups will face legal challenge and, given the UK Courts’ record on the worth of religious freedom, will lose. This is a dangerous road to go down and will force law-abiding citizens to make a choice between State-imposed unacceptable and oppressive legislation and their deeply held moral and religious beliefs. This current agenda is being driven by a relatively small but very vocal and influential minority, but the stated aim of removing a perceived discrimination will be replaced by another discrimination, of much greater oppressiveness.