Guy Brandon Posted: 20 February 2012
Keywords: Sex & Families,
The Coalition for Marriage launched today, with the website www.c4m.org.uk going live at 10am.
The purpose of the campaign is to defend the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. The government will shortly be launching a consultation on redefining marriage, a move which former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has said 'constitutes one of the greatest political power grabs in history'.
The Coalition for Marriage is an umbrella group of individuals and organisations in the UK that support traditional marriage and oppose any plans to redefine it.
The Coalition is backed by politicians, lawyers, academics and religious leaders. It reaches out to people of all faiths and none who believe that marriage is the most successful partnership in history and should not be redefined.
The Coalition draws upon a substantial body of evidence showing that marriage - as it has been understood for thousands of years - is beneficial to society, and that changing its definition would undermine that benefit.
The Coalition's petition demonstrates that there is broad public opposition to redefining marriage. The Coalition is committed to a reasoned and courteous debate on this issue, and will highlight any intimidation or intolerance shown to supporters of traditional marriage.
Reasons to support the campaign
The 'equal marriage' bill will seek to redefine marriage, against the will of the majority of the British people. Civil partnerships are already available to same-sex couples, and provide all the same legal rights as marriage. Last year the government refused to extend civil partnerships to heterosexual couples. There will also be widespread legal consequences to any redefinition: the word 'marriage' appears some 3,258 times in UK legislation, meaning potentially enormous and complex changes.
The grassroots campaign is expected to gain momentum quickly. In the first hour after its launch, the petition had already attracted 350 signatories.
Please consider signing the online petition. You can find out more about the campaign on the C4M website.
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