Monday, 29 April 2013

Same sex marriage creates a legal fiction and fails to respect difference say ethnic church leaders

Leaders of ethnic churches in Britain have today said that the government is ‘creating a legal fiction’ and ‘not respecting difference’ in its move to legalise same sex marriage.

The statement is a significant new step in opposition to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which reaches report stage in the House of Commons on 20 May.

It is also a huge further blow to David Cameron's coalition government in the lead up to the local elections on 2 May and shows that he is alienating and marginalising the very minorities he claims to be anxious to reach. 

Already over 650,000 people have signed the Coalition for Marriage petition against the bill. The letter, published in today’s Daily Telegraph, is reproduced below.

Vote on gay marriage

SIR – The Government is forcing through fundamental changes to the nature of marriage, and has failed to think through the consequences properly. We are leaders of large, ethnically diverse denominations in Britain – growing churches. Instead of hearing our concerns, the Government is taking direction from tiny faith groups to infer backing for its plans.

If the Government gets its way, it will not be a victory for equality. Equality requires diversity, and diversity requires distinctiveness, and marriage is and always will be distinctively a union between a man and a woman. By changing marriage from its historic foundation it would be creating a legal fiction, and consequently devaluing this vitally important social institution. The Government is not respecting difference, and it is not promoting a plural society.

The people of Britain need to have their say. These plans were not in any party’s manifesto, and if the Government had any respect for democracy it would allow a referendum before making fundamental changes to the nature of marriage.

Rev Yemi Adedeji
Director, One People Commission

Rev Kingsley Appiagyei
Senior Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church

Bishop Eric Brown
National Overseer, New Testament Church of God

Rev Dr Daniel Chae
Executive Director, Amnos Ministries

John Glass
General Superintendent, Elim Pentecostal Church

Pastor Agu Irukwu
Senior Pastor, Jesus House

Dr Tani Omideyi
Senior Minister, Love & Joy Ministries


  1. Peter, the accompanying photograph is a stock photo - some of these lovely models may in fact support same-sex marriage (hey, some of them may be in same-sex marriages!) and they may not take kindly to you disingenuously using this still to promote your message.
    As for the seven ministers (whom I assume to be in each case, male) - they are entitled to their viewpoint but they might remember that every one of the major political parties currently supports same-sex marriage.

    1. I sourced it using 'ethnic churches' and suspect they were in fact Christians but I've now replaced it with a multicultural group who are more obviously praying and reading their Bibles.


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