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Equal marriage: the debate

By OnePlusOne, 18 December 2012 Civil partnerships, Legal, Marriage

Since being elected David Cameron has made much of his desire to allow equal marriages for same-sex couples. These plans have proved to be very divisive within the Conservative party and have caused much controversy, confusion and heated debate.

There has been heated debate from both sides of the equal marriage discussion.

A public consultation running for 13 weeks till June 2012, received around 220,000 responses; an unprecedented number for a Government consultation. 53% of respondents were in favour of the proposal to allow same-sex couples to get married, 46% were against, and 1% responded either ‘don’t know’ or ‘not sure’. Additionally, government have also received a number of petitions, totalling more than 500,000 signatures, all opposed to the reform.

Alongside this an umbrella group backed by academics, lawyers and religious leaders calling themselves Coalition for Marriage (C4M) was established in support traditional marriage and opposing any plans to redefine it. The Coalition’s petition is still open and has received over 621,000 signatures.

So it is clear that the current picture demonstrates both broad opposition and support for redefining marriage.

The debate has been broader than previous debates on gay rights. Supporters of same-sex marriage feel that allowing equal marriage would be an important move in terms of ensuring equal rights; the institution of marriage promotes commitment and stability and therefore should not be denied to gay people, with some suggesting that marriage could be extremely beneficial to the gay community.

Those against feel that such a change would fundamentally alter the nature of marriage and destablise the institution as a whole, thus risking a decline in marriage in the heterosexual community. They also argue that the changes could undermine religious freedom.

OnePlusOne exists to strengthen all relationships and as such seek to promote a better understanding of the evidence on this topic. You can read several articles of this site outlining the facts and recent proposed legislation.

We would also urge our supporters to read Policy Exchange’s report ‘What’s in a Name? Is there a case for equal marriage?’  

This presents an evidence based analysis of the arguments around marriage equality and considers whether there is a compelling case to reform the law.

The report sets out a reasoned analysis of the equal marriage concept and its practical implications and evaluates the arguments on both sides of the divide. It also explores the experience of other countries where marriage equality is already a reality.

For more information on civil partnerships and the legal rights of same-sex couples visit our Married or Not section here.

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Ashley

Posted 29 December 2012

Christian marriage colsuening, I believe, has greater potential as an active ingredient in the healing process than any other type of therapy. Why? Because marriage between a man and woman is God’s plan so it only stands to reason that the repair procedures for an unhealthy marriage could be found in His word.My wife and I went through Christian marriage colsuening provided a trained, licensed, minister of the faith who was exceptionally gifted in using the Word of God to help couples in the reconciliation process. These are important credentials in choosing a counselor. What makes Christian marriage colsuening effective is the willingness of the couple to truly uncover, forgive, and die-to-self. It has to be understood that none of these things are within our human ability to accomplish alone. We need the help of the Holy Spirit to facilitate the type of radical change that must take place in one’s heart, deep down inside, in order for real change to take place. You’ll know it is happening when your focus is less on what your mate is doing than what you are doing in and with your relationship with God.Fifteen years later, my wife and I are stronger than ever. Has the road been free of bumps? No. But I have heard it said that if the mountain were as smooth as glass, you wouldn’t be able to climb it. We are still living in and by what we learned in Christian marriage colsuening. Our marriage is not about determination and resolve to make it work; its about the freedom to love one another and let the other be who they are with full faith and confidence that what holds us together is not our resolve, but trust and assurance in Jesus Christ that He is able to sustain us through any storm that might come our way.

Aldrin

Posted 29 December 2012

You’re probably going to have to go thgourh Tricare to find a counselor but make an appointment with a doctor on base if you can and ask his advise. Maybe you can get a referral to a counselor on base.Many military personnel are reluctant to seek counseling of any kind but with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan taking a toll on mental health it has become more acceptable. If your husband won’t go, seek counseling on your own. Your husband’s squadron should recognize this as a valid medical/mental health issue. He is more focused on the job and therefore more valuable to the Air Force when he doesn’t have to worry about problems at home.I doubt the V.A. will help and wouldn’t recommend them anyway. I’ve been there!And it looks like Holly’s experience is more current than mine. A good place to start.

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