Switzerland might be the next European country to protect marriage through its constitution

Feb 5, 2016 by

From Agenda Europe: On 28 February the Swiss electorate will have the opportunity to vote on a number of popular initiatives, among them one that wants to ensure that a new clause in the country’s Federal Constitution define marriage as a union between a man and a woman and protects it against fiscal discrimination. Currently Swiss law already defines marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman, albeit on the level of simple statutory law. Moreover, married couples in many cases...

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What do supporters of same-sex marriage believe and why?

Feb 5, 2016 by

By Ian Paul, Psephizo: Andrew Goddard offers his analysis of the recent survey: Despite all our Shared Conversations, it remains largely a mystery as to what people in the Church of England really believe about same-sex marriage.Jayne Ozanne has just published a survey which claims to shed new light on this by identifying Anglicans in England and finding more of them believe same-sex marriage is right than believe it is wrong. It is of course important that any such findings are simply...

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Romanian ‘Coalition for Family’ gets 1.3 million signatures for constitutional ban of gay marriage

Feb 5, 2016 by

From  ActMedia: The Coalition for Family of 23 non-governmental organizations has gathered more than 1,350,000 signatures in favour of an amendment to Romania’s Constitution, which would define the marriage as the consensual union of one man and one woman, it announced on Wednesday on its Facebook page. Mihai Gheorghiu, president of the Coalition’s initiative committee, confirmed the news. The relevant draft law, with the justification and the advice of the Legislative Council, was...

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Surveying the Survey: Anglicans and Same-Sex Marriage

Feb 2, 2016 by

By Andrew Goddard, Fulcrum: Despite all our Shared Conversations, it remains largely a mystery as to what people in the Church of England really believe about same-sex marriage. Jayne Ozanne has just published a survey which claims to shed new light on this by identifying Anglicans in England and finding more of them believe same-sex marriage is right than believe it is wrong. What can such a survey do? It is of course important that any such findings are simply descriptive not prescriptive....

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Campaigner stands by same sex marriage poll despite wave of criticism

Feb 1, 2016 by

By Marcus Jones, Premier: A campaigner, who commissioned a poll to find out the views of Anglican churchgoers on same sex marriage, is standing by her poll despite claims she ‘spun’ the results. Over the weekend, a number of reports came out suggesting the tide was turning in regards to views on the issue. A YouGov poll claimed for the first time that the number of Church of England members who support gay marriage is bigger that those who oppose it. Apparently 45% of Church of...

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The YouGov poll on same-sex marriage

Jan 30, 2016 by

By Ian Paul and Peter Ould, Psephizo: Jayne Ozanne, former director of Accepting Evangelicals, commissioned YouGov to undertake a poll of attitudes to same-sex marriage, and has done a good job of getting the results out in the media yesterday and today. It featured on Radio 4 this morning, and is reported in The Guardian and The Telegraph. Peter Ould, who is a professional statistician, makes observations about the actual polling, and then I offer some reflections about the wider process....

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