THE Christian Institute – which feels so badly betrayed by New Labour because of the “raft of gay rights legislation” it has introduced over the years – is gnashing its teeth over news that 10 Downing Street yesterday hosted a lunch for an influential American gay rights activist.
The CI reports, via Pink News, that the Prime Minister’s wife, Sarah Brown, hosted a private lunch in honour of political strategist and author David Mixner, once named by Newsweek as the most powerful gay man in America.
Wailed the CI:
He is a vocal opponent of an ongoing campaign in California to protect the legal definition of marriage.
Which is a mealy-mouthed way of saying that he opposes religious crackpots seeking to overturn recent legislation that allows civil partnerships to take place in the state.
Among ministers who attended the lunchÂ were Chief Whip Nick Brown, Health minister Ben Bradshaw, Treasury minister Angela Eagle, and Deputy Leader of the Commons Nick Bryant.
Ben Summerskill, Chief Executive of homosexual lobby group Stonewall, who also attended the lunch, described the gathering as:
Another small historic step forward.
The CI, naturally, doesn’t see it that way, and laments the fact that:
In 2003, the Government succeeded in abolishing Section 28 in England and Wales. This part of the 1988 Local Government Act prevented local authorities spending public money on the promotion of homosexuality in schools or elsewhere.
Controversy over the promotion of homosexuality in schools has been increasing since the removal of Section 28. Just this month storybooks about homosexual relationships were withdrawn from primary schools in Bristol after protests from parents.
The CI is furious about gay adoption too:
Joint adoption by homosexual couples was legalised in 2002 and came into force in 2005. Critics said the move used children as political trophies and was more concerned with an adult’s rights rather than a child’s best interests.
There have been at least two scandals at Islington and Wakefield where social services have ignored signs of abuse by homosexual carers for fear of being labelled â€˜homophobic’. Meantime the press are reporting that Christians are being turned down as unsuitable adopters because of their religious beliefs.
New employment laws are another source of discontent:
In 2003 the Government introduced new regulations banning sexual orientation discrimination in employment. Recently a Church of England Diocese was sued under these regulations and ordered to pay Â£47,000 in compensation to an openly gay man who was turned down for a job as a church youth worker.
And just don’t get them started on civil partnerships:
Homosexual relationships gained legal recognition with the Civil Partnership Act 2004. â€˜Gay marriage’ in all but name, the Act extended all the legal rights and privileges of marriage to homosexual couples.
Now some public authorities are erasing the word marriage from all official documents and replacing it with the â€˜neutral’ word “partner”. Christian registrars are being put under pressure to perform civil partnership ceremonies by politically correct councils.
There’s more, but, frankly, we think the point is made: the CI is a viper’s nest of bigotry and intolerance – and no-one with an ounce of common sense gives a rat’s arse about its so-called “values”.