Same-sex couples do not have a human right to marry and excluding them from marriage does not constitute discrimination, according to a ruling last week by the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg.
The Government's consultation paper, published yesterday under the misleading title of Equal civil marriage: a consultation reveals both the shoddiness of its thinking and the extraordinary authoritarianism of a process which Lynne Featherstone, the equalities minister, has repeatedly made clear has only one outcome.
Following the release of our poll and briefing paper last Thursday, Catholic Voices -- speakers who have been through our national training in 2010 (London) and 2011 (Leeds) -- have done close to 20 interviews. To watch/hear them, click on the links below.
The Government’s plan to redefine marriage in order to open it to same-sex couples could face serious opposition from the general public, according to a poll commissioned by Catholic Voices which is published today, a week before the Government begins its official consultation on the matter.
Archbishop Peter Smith of Smith issued the following statement on 20 February following the launch of a grassroots coalition to oppose the Government's forthcoming attempts to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples.
I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious, but men [and women] who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it. I want an intelligent, well-instructed laity - I wish...to enlarge [their] knowledge, to cultivate [their] reason, to get an insight into the relation of truth to truth, to learn to view things as they are, to understand how faith and reason stand to each other, what are the bases and principles of Catholicism...
Blessed John Henry Newman
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