Here’s why I support the Coalition for Equal Marriage.
The media and opponents of Equal Marriage legislation often use the phrase “Gay Marriage”. This is not correct. Equal Marriage affects more than just the gay community. Even used as a pars pro toto it is a bit lazy.
Imagine a couple, happily married, children, cat and dog. One day one of the married partners, a transsexual, begins the long painful process of reconciling their body with their inner self.
After years of Real Life Experience, hormones and surgery the day comes to fix the birth certificate. You’ve come all this way together, in sickness and in health. But you can’t stay married. In order to obtain the correct certificates, your marriage has to be dissolved. It’s the law.
And a civil partnership simply is not the same.
On 5 February 2013 the House of Commons voted and backed the Equal Marriage Bill by 400 to 175, a margin of 225.
Below is the predictable response from Jeffrey Donaldson MP, DUP Lagan Valley, when I put it to him Equal Marriage is an equality issue:
Thank you for your recent correspondence by email regarding your support for the legislation that has been introduced by the Government to create a legal basis for “same-sex marriage” in the United Kingdom.Whilst I fully appreciate the position that you have adopted personally on this legislation, I am unable to support the Bill as I believe that it is wrong to equate “same-sex marriage” with traditional marriage.
You have made the argument that this is matter of equality but there are other relationships that are not recognised in law through marriage such as Muslims who believe that a man should have the right to marry more than one wife. As you will be aware, bigamy is outlawed in the UK and the argument has not been accepted for equality there.
Furthermore, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a Government does not breach the human rights of gay people by failing to introduce legislation for “same-sex marriage”.
Consequently, I do not accept the argument that this is a matter of equality.
As a Christian, I believe that marriage is for a man and woman only and as gay people already have civil partnerships, I do not believe there is a sound argument for the introduction of this legislation.
I know that you will disagree with the stance that I am taking on this issue but just as I respect your opinion, I hope that you will be able to respect the views that I have expressed.
Thank you for taking the time to be in touch with me about this particular issue. It is very much appreciated.
With kind regards,