The Coalition for Equal Marriage (not to be confused with the Coalition for Marriage!) is keeping tally on MPs' support of their stance. At present it appears that there are over 253 in favour of gay marriage and only 62 opposed. These figures are based upon letters to constituents, news articles, tweets and blog posts demonstrating each MP's individual stance.
Although nearly 346 MPs are undecided or neutral, this is a very worrying figure.
We urge our readers to contact their MPs urgently. We are certain many MPs will not have thought this issue through, especially if they don't consider it to be particularly important. We must impress upon them that it is extremely important, both for people of faith and the nation's children.
You can see whether your MP is in favour, opposed or undecided on the Coalition for Equal Marriage website here.
AM's Dr Lisa Nolland has already written to her MP, and her letter can be read here. It is crucial that MPs should be informed about these deeply damaging threats to our children. Printouts of the links' unsavoury contents would reinforce the concerns – we feel all MPs should see these, and be asked if they think they are suitable for children to see. (Bear in mind that this is not something which might possibly happen at some unspecified time in the future – it is actually happening NOW, and will become far more widespread if gay marriage is made legal.)
Stonewall has estimated that the cost of gay marriage will be £5 billion – we feel the actual cost could be considerably higher once the fallout from gay marriage begins. The human cost, too, with young people experimenting with highly dangerous and destructive sexual practices, apparently approved by the state, could be considerable. Have MPs considered this?
Following on from Dr Nolland's letter two important studies have emerged – one on the importance of fathers to families and the other on the poorer outcomes for children of same-sex couples. Gay marriage will make it extremely likely that same-sex couples will have easier access to children, either via adoption or medical intervention, and these factors should be pointed out to MPs. In addition, homosexual support for gay marriage is at best lukewarm.
Another point which could be made is the appalling treatment of principled opponents of gay marriage in countries where it is already legal, such as parts of Canada.
In short, we should be asking gay marriage supporting MPs to explain to us – in the light of all this evidence – why they think it is a good idea, and convincing the undecided or neutral that it is not! We feel that these issues have not been covered in the mainstream media, and it is very likely that MPs are simply not aware of them, or have not given them much thought among the other pressures they have. Please contact your MP as soon as possible via this link, or by letter to The House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA – or better still, make an appointment!
UPDATE: MPs should also be told about the climate of fear being created in Quebec, where gay marriage was legalised in 2004, following the launch of a government funded 'Register of Homophobic Acts'.
Included in the definition of actions classified as “homophobic” and deemed worthy of reporting to the registry are: “any negative word or act toward a homosexual or homosexuality in general: physical abuse, verbal abuse, intimidation, harassment, offensive graffiti, abuse, injurious mockery, inappropriate media coverage and discrimination.”
We are assuming that 'negative words or acts' include passages of scripture, and denial of homosexual sex education for children. Can we be assured that the same thing will not happen in the UK?