CARE’s public affairs team has produced a response to the Government’s Mythbusters document on same-sex marriage – you know, the one that listed all the panicky rumour and unfounded conjecture ('Myths'), and then patronisingly – not to say deceptively – set out the 'Reality'. CARE's response to each 'Reality' may be seen to establish the veracity of the 'Myth', which are not actually myths at all. The full list of ripostes may be found HERE. His Grace reproduces just three:
MYTH: Allowing same-sex couples to marry will destroy the institution of marriage.
REALITY: Marriage is a hugely important institution in this country. The principles of long-term commitment and responsibility which underpin it bind society together and make it stronger. The Government believes that we should not prevent people getting married unless there are very good reasons – and loving someone of the same sex is not one of them.
CARE’s RESPONSE: Commitment and responsibility are key components of marriage. For years the law has recognised this by making adultery a ground for divorce. According to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, adultery does not apply to marriages between two people of the same sex. Lawyers have already said that this situation is unsustainable and that, in time, adultery will in practice be removed as a basis for divorce altogether. In light of these things, the Government cannot claim that the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will promote commitment and responsibility. In reality it will have quite the opposite effect.
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