British Catholics Send One Million Anti-Gay Marriage Postcards to Parliament
Catholics are mounting a final stand against a gay marriage bill proponents are confident will get approved by England’s parliament.
British Archbishop Peter Smith said he has distributed one million anti-gay postcards for churchgoers to mail to parliament as part of last resource effort to gain momentum against the bill.
"Marriage has an identity distinct from any other relationship, no matter how much love or commitment may be involved," Smith told the Gay Star News. "Marriage is and always has been the union of one man and one woman, for love and mutual support, open to procreation."
The bill could go up for vote as early as Feb. 5. The drafters of the bill already had to compromise in the wording of the legislation, which if approved, would make gay marriage legal in the country, but it would exclude clergy in the Church of England from having to carry out the ceremonies, according to the Associated Press.
Still, the preacher argues there is a "fundamental problem" with the bill because it could "radically alter the meaning of marriage for everyone and therefore undermine the common good."
Conor Marron, co-founder of the Coalition for Equal Marriage thinks the anti-gay last-minute effort is nothing more than a waste of money, and time on the part of religious conservatives.
"We’ve got a majority of support with the public, we think a majority of MPs are going to vote yes, and hopefully it will go our way," he told GSN.