Category Archives: Marriage & Family

Published on
25 May 2013

Sex, Lords, and Church Weddings: The Legal Labyrinth of Gay Marriage

From a Guest Blogger: In the midst of the ongoing gay marriage debate, the Government has faced calls to extend civil partnerships to heterosexual couples. After all, isn’t banning heterosexual couples from civil partnerships just as discriminatory as banning gay couples from marrying? The Guardian reports that one minister was confronted about the situation of […]

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Published on
14 December 2012

Marriage and Playing a Role

The principal argument advanced in favour of gay marriage appears to be based on a desire of gay people. Gay couples, it is claimed, consider their love equivalent to that of heterosexual couples and want it publicly recognised as such. That is all very well, but love, like religious faith, may be unintelligible to third […]

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Published on
12 December 2012

Contradiction at the Heart of ‘Marriage Equality’ and Sex-Education

At present it looks extremely likely that legislation extending the possibility of legal marriage to same-sex couples will be passed in the New Year, and that in spite of strong opposition from voters, churches and even some homosexual people, too. We have blogged before about ‘gay marriage’ here, here, here and here. One aspect of […]

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Published on
13 April 2012

A Progressive Case Against Same-Sex Marriage

From a guest blogger: During an exchange with a friend earlier this week about the Government’s plans to allow same-sex couples to marry, I objected to his suggestion that support for gay marriage was the province of the political left.  After all, the measure has been introduced by a Conservative-led government, enthusiastically supported by the […]

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Published on
22 March 2012

Gay Marriage: a Tale of Two Petitions (and Facebook)

From a guest blogger: On 20 February the website of the Coalition 4 Marriage was set up. Since then its petition has obtained, online and on paper, well over quarter of a million signatures (275,928 on 22 March). About four days after that petition was set up another website was set up in opposition: the […]

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