Churches Speak Out Against Proposal
LONDON, DEC. 11, 2012 (Zenit.org).-
The British government is expected to soon announce its plans to
introduce legislation to legalize same-sex "marriage." In recent days
the debate over the issue has heated up.
In Scotland, Bishop
Joseph Devine of the Diocese of Motherwell, sent a letter to British
Prime Minister David Cameron expressing his strong disapproval of
introducing same-sex "marriage."
According to a report in Sunday’s Scotsman newspaper he accused
Cameron of being “out of his depth” and suggested he is “devoid of moral
The article also reported that Bishop Devine said that Cameron is
responsible for a political culture in which “words mean nothing” and is
guilty of using “graceless … offensive” language when dealing with
The Church of England has also expressed firm opposition to the idea of same-sex "marriage."
“It is important to be clear that insistence on the traditional
understanding of marriage is not knee-jerk resistance to change but is
based on a conviction that the consequences of change will not be
beneficial for society as a whole,” the Dec. 7 statement by the Church
of England said.
Marriage between a man and a woman is unique, the statement
explained. Unique in that it “embodies the underlying, objective,
distinctiveness of men and women.”
“This distinctiveness and complementarity are seen most explicitly in
the biological union of man and woman which potentially brings to the
relationship the fruitfulness of procreation,” the statement continued.
“To remove from the definition of marriage this essential
complementarity is to lose any social institution in which sexual
difference is explicitly acknowledged.”
A number of reports in the English media also point to deep divisions within Cameron’s Conservative Party over the issue.
According to the BBC more than 100 members of Parliament from
Cameron’s own party are expected to oppose the legislation. The proposal
is likely to be introduced into Parliament early next year.