Suzi Paddison’s Boxing Day campaign in support of gay marriage may have evoked a degree of admiration and support amongst some of your readers.
However, to be fair to our MP, John Hayes, this subject is open to a free vote in Parliament for members of his party, and therefore, like everyone else, he is entitled to his own opinion on this matter.
John Hayes, like many of us, is a practising Christian.
As such, we treasure our Christian faith and its values.
We are not bigots, as one political party leader ventured to say, and neither are we homophobic.
If two people of the same gender wish to live together that is their choice, their prerogative.
If they wish to demonstrate in public their commitment to each other in some form of civil ceremony, so be it.
What Christians object to is the redefining of marriage, which the scriptures tell us is the union between a man and a woman, in order to bring children into the world in a loving environment, and to share in partnership the love of God, made manifest by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
In our eyes, there is no such thing as a gay marriage.
Pope Benedict XVI, in his New Year message, reiterates this fact, and warns that the coalition reform will “reduce the status of marriage and harm the families that are built around it”.
Mike Vand Der Weyden
West Elloe Avenue