Thursday, 11 October 2012

Report on Same-Sex Marriages [Part 3] - Graham Wood


Civil Partnerships. [Part 3]

A serious weakness in the arguments put forward for homosexual "marriage" by the authors of the Policy Exchange report, much of which purports to support the institution of marriage, can be fully applied to the terms of Civil Partnerships, including the claim of “equality before the law”. As many opponents of homosexual "marriage" have pointed out, there is virtually little legal difference between Civil Partnerships and normal marriage so there is no need to re-define marriage to include them. CPs “confer the benefits of marriage in all but name”.

One of these differences between CP’s and marriage it is claimed, “is that the former can be a purely legal agreement, whereas a marriage must involve an exchange of vows”. But that invites the obvious retort that there is nothing to prevent partners in CP’s making or exchanging such vows if they wish. It is rightly said then that marriage and CPs have been designed for two very different types of relationship and should be kept distinct.

This being the case we must look elsewhere for the underlying push for homosexual "marriage", and the fanatical zeal by the many various homosexual lobbyists in agitating for a change in the law. Policy Exchange appears to confirm what others have already said, namely that homosexuals are looking for a greater measure of acceptance within society, and specifically for their homosexual acts to find acceptance and legitimacy in ‘marriage’ which CP does not provide.

For example the report states: “Equal marriage would be an important and decisive step to fully integrating gay and lesbian people as members of a society.”

So a change in the law would entrench that perceived legitimacy, and would be an important first step towards acceptance by the general public of a much wider homosexual ethos. Thus a progression from CP’s to ‘marriage’ would indeed change our understanding of what marriage is, and would radically re-define it for all of us, and some of which, it is feared, will have severely damaging consequences.

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