The Social Justice Queen’s Speech 2) Through same-sex marriage to more marriage – to help raise life chances

May 10, 2016 by

by Paul Goodman, Conservative Home: J.F.Kennedy used to say that a rising tide lifts all boats – a maxim full of the optimism of the 1960s, suggesting, as it does, that growth and prosperity will benefit everyone.  The usual belief on the right is that these are best brought about by a smaller state and balanced budget, just as its counterpart on the left is that they will be ushered in by a bigger state and higher taxes, or by more borrowing, or both.  But what if the boats are damaged?  What...

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Parliament: Brief debate on same sex marriage in the Church of England

May 6, 2016 by

[…]  Cat Smith, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, Junior Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities  12:00 am, 5th May 2016. What discussions the Church Commissioners have had with the Church of England on supporting clergy who have entered into same sex marriages or civil partnerships? Caroline Spelman, The Second Church Estates Commissioner I should first declare my personal position, which is that I voted in favour of same sex marriage when the decision was before Parliament,...

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Steve Chalke’s Oasis church to offer gay marriages

May 6, 2016 by

By Anthony Bushfield, Premier: Steve Chalke, the founder of the Oasis movement, has told Premier his church is in the process of registering to perform gay marriages. He revealed the news whilst launching a charter for churches to sign up to which promises they’ll be inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. Oasis Church in Waterloo, London, had applied to authorities for a marriage licence that would allow it to perform gay weddings, he told Premier. He said exclusion...

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Church will allow same-sex weddings in my lifetime – Scottish Tory leader

May 5, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, has predicted gay church weddings will happen in her lifetime. Davidson is the first openly gay leader of the Scottish Tories and a member of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. In a wide-ranging interview with Pink News she said the Church had “come a really long way in a short time and we already have practising ministers in Scotland who are openly gay”. She acknowledged the decision was...

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Gay ‘marriage’: It’s not gay, and it’s not marriage

May 5, 2016 by

by Dale Ahlquis, LifeSite: One of the pressing issues of Chesterton’s time was “birth control.” He not only objected to the idea, he objected to the very term because it meant the opposite of what it said. It meant no birth and no control. I can only imagine he would have the same objections about “gay marriage.” The idea is wrong, but so is the name. It is not gay and it is not marriage. Chesterton was so consistently right in his pronouncements and prophecies because he understood that...

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Anti-Extremism Bill may target Christians who oppose same-sex marriage, lobby group warns

May 3, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: Christians who oppose gay marriage could be targeted with “false accusations” of extremism under an upcoming bill, a lobby group has warned. David Cameron will introduce measures to ban organisations, silence individuals and close down groups that “promote hatred” in legislation to be announced later this month. The bill will be the central focus of the Queen’s Speech on May 18, according to The Times. Extremism could be defined...

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