GAY MARRIAGE: I support our MP’s decision

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I oppose the redefinition of marriage and fully support local MP John Hayes’ intention to vote against the Government’s bid to legalise same-sex marriage’.

I would like to thank and commend our local MP John Hayes for listening to his moral conscience on this very important issue, on defending , not changing, the bond of man and woman in marriage as the essential element of the vision of the family.

As one of Mr Hayes’ constituents, I have emailed him voicing my concerns about the implications of the Government’s plans to legalise same-sex marriage. I was pleased to hear he will be voting against the Government’s bid to legalise same-sex marriage. I am also alarmed that the Government is choosing to ignore more than 624,497 national online petition signatories from the organisation Coalition for Marriage which supports traditional marriage and opposes plans to redefine it.

I believe that the Government needs to concentrate more on reviving the economy and providing better public services, not meddling with marriage.

I would like to share some recent thoughts on marriage by Archbishop Vincent Nichols:

“Changing the legal definition of marriage would be a profoundly radical step. Its consequences should be taken seriously now. The law helps to shape and form social and cultural values. A change in the law would gradually and inevitably transform society’s understanding of the purpose of marriage. It would reduce it just to the commitment of the two people involved. There would be no recognition of the complementarity of male and female or that marriage is intended for the procreation and education of children.

We have a duty to married people today, and to those who come after us, to do all we can to ensure that the true meaning of marriage is not lost for future generations.”

Sharon Amess