The Daily Telegraph carries a front-page report today saying that the Government is “powerless” to stop teachers getting sacked if they refuse to endorse same-sex marriage. It quotes a senior source at the Department for Education admitting that the UK is not “in control” and that European judges have the final say.
We told you that teachers were under threat, now we know the Government thinks so too – albeit privately. It’s appalling that they haven’t been more upfront about this. It just shows that we have been absolutely right to point out the widespread impact of this unpopular and divisive policy.
Today, we are publishing our report on same-sex marriage storybooks being promoted in primary schools.
The legal and political pressure to use these books in classrooms will be all the greater if marriage gets redefined. Culture wars about the meaning of marriage shouldn’t be dragged into our schools. But some extreme local authority somewhere will try to do just that, and woe betide any teacher who objects.
Many MPs are in favour of redefining marriage, but local voters should ask: what protections will there be for people, like teachers, who believe in traditional marriage?
The Bill to redefine marriage was published today and MPs will vote on it for the first time on Tuesday 5 February. So, if you have not already done so, please ask your MP for a face-to-face meeting. It is important that you meet your MP before 5 February. If you can’t secure a meeting before then, just email your MP and say you oppose the redefinition of marriage.
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