Members will know, it has three parts. Would the right hon. True Christians are not bigoted, and this is not a matter of equality, no matter how often it is referred to as equal marriage. Not so long ago, it was possible to sack someone because they were gay. It has been that historically and it remains so.
No misguided sense of political correctness will be allowed to impinge on that. Civil partnerships have been a hugely important step forward and Labour Members are proud that our Government introduced them some years ago, but it is right that we now take the additional step of introducing equal marriage across the country.
As I understand it, the Roman Catholic Church does not, and nor do a number of other faith groups, including the Muslim faith.
On the specific protections that the Government are seeking to give to Churches that do not wish to perform same-sex marriages, I believe that they are being done in the best of faith and as robustly as the Government feel able, but I simply reiterate that there is no way in which any of us can know just how robust these protections will be until they are tested in the courts.
She says that nobody will be az same sex marriages in Salford to teach anything that goes against their conscience, but what will be the position for faith schools that wish to promote a particular Christian view, or indeed other faith view, of marriage?
Sadly, in some quarters the divisions arise because the debate has been characterised as bigoted religion on the one hand versus equality on the other. No hospital chaplain or worker will have to believe in a new definition of marriage.
It is right that the law should do that. Likewise, some of those who urge us not to vote against the Bill, with charges of bigotry, closed-mindedness and religious zealotry, are equally guilty of intolerance and bigotry. We look forward to the debate. It does not consider adultery to be a violation of commitment and so it undermines the nature of marriage and the way in which marriage promotes predictable, long-term family environments for children.
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