Conservative Manifesto – Historic Opportunity missed

Apr 18, 2015 by

From Grassroots Conservatives: The Conservative Manifesto says ‘Our historic introduction of gay marriage has helped drive forward equality and strengthened the institution of marriage’, (page 46 of the manifesto). This is a piece of doublespeak unrivalled even in George Orwell’s1984.   Marring an otherwise impressive record over the last parliament, this was an unnecessary, fundamentally misconceived and badly drafted piece of legislation.  It has discredited the legitimate...

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Leaving home: The Future of the Faith in England

Apr 17, 2015 by

By Gavin Ashenden, Anglican Ink: The thought of leaving Canterbury, spiritually or emotionally, breaks my heart. I grew up there. I spent five years in the school built around its cloisters. I sang from its tower on Ascension days. I sat for hours at the entrance to the cloisters where Thomas a Becket was struck down for refusing the demands of the secular over the sacred. I took the Eucharist there in the bowels of its undercroft before dawn in the mists of winter. I was confirmed there when...

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U.S. Marriage Brief: Research on Same-Sex Marriage and Children

Apr 17, 2015 by

From Sharon Slater, Family Watch International: On April 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hold oral arguments on the marriage case that will have profound implications for the future of marriage and the family in the U.S.  The Court’s final decision will also likely have a major impact on marriage internationally. Family Watch, along with American College of Pediatricians and three of the top scholars in the world on the impact of same-sex marriage on children, Dr. Loren Marks, Dr. Mark...

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Redefining Marriage Would Put Kids of Heterosexuals At Risk

Apr 15, 2015 by

By Gene Schaerr, Public Discourse: The metamorphosis of marriage from a gendered to a genderless institution would send the message that society no longer needs men to bond to women to form well-functioning families or to raise happy, well-adjusted children. That would be bad news for children of heterosexuals on the margins: the poor, the relatively uneducated, the irreligious, and others who are susceptible to cultural messages promoting casual or uncommitted sex. During oral arguments in...

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PS, Justice Kennedy: Same-Sex Marriage Isn’t Good for Kids

Apr 14, 2015 by

By Katy Faust, Public Discourse: Same-sex parenting is not unique in the alternative family landscape. What is unique is encouraging an alternative parenting structure guaranteed to deny a child’s right to a biological parent. Dear Justice Kennedy, Earlier this year I wrote you a letter, “Dear Justice Kennedy: An Open Letter from the Child of a Loving Gay Parent.” My letter has now been quoted (and criticized) by the Family Equality Coalition (FEC) and COLAGE (Children of Lesbian and Gays) in...

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Irish Bishops’ threat over non-signing of civil wedding forms

Apr 13, 2015 by

By Declan Brennan, Irish Times: Ireland’s Catholic bishops spokesman has said the church may no longer perform the civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex couples. The move would mean the tens of thousands of couples who get married in Catholic churches each year would have to go elsewhere to have their marriage legally recognised by the State. At present, the signing of the Marriage Registration Form – a civil document required by the State in order to recognise a...

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