This post has been bubbling away for a while. It was sparked off by a link I saw last week, shared by a churchgoer, entitled: “Why I’d Like to Punch the Next Christian who Asks me to Sign a Petition Against Gay Marriage”. My first challenge to whoever wrote the article would be: If you want to punch somebody, surely you’re not very Christ-like yourself? If violence isn’t a problem to them, it’s no surprise that same-sex marriage isn’t either.
So punch me if you like, but can two men have children without the help of a woman? Can two women have children without the help of a man? “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife” (not his husband), “and they will become one flesh” – Genesis 2:24. Marriage is God’s design. If the UK-government starts messing with that, this country could be in big trouble. A friend pointed out to me that after the cloning of Dolly the sheep, we had an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. The outbreak before that was when the Abortion Act came in …
Will Young has put his two-pence-worth in by claiming that Christians who want to share views on marriage should be jailed (so he can share his view, but we’re not expected to share ours?), and just today I had an E-mail telling me our Equalities Minister, Lynne Featherstone, has talked of her determination to change marriage whether the public like it or not. If she’s made that decision already, the so-called consultation – which you can find here – is pointless.
So what’s the next step? Well, if you’re in the UK, over 230,000 of us have signed a petition asking the government not to redefine marriage. I’ve personally E-mailed my MP and met her face-to-face about other issues and haven’t found her to be very sympathetic, but if you do feel you have a sympathetic MP, why not drop them an E-mail? You could tell them a real consultation means listening to the people before making a decision, and it’s undemocratic to do it the other way round. That’s one idea, and, if you haven’t already, why not go to www.c4m.org.uk and join us in signing the petition?
I’d like to thank Coalition for Marriage for their part in inspiring this post.