Just what the world needs: yet another crackpot Christian outfit to combat same-sex marriage
BLOODY hell! If the present trend continues there will soon be more anti-gay outfits in Britain than there are homosexuals.
Today saw the launch of Gay Marriage No Thanks – seriously!
This is group led by Christian loony Alan Craig, who today placed an ad in The Times aimed at peers who are debating the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Lords today. Craig was the leader of the dotty Christian Peoples Alliance from 2004 to 2013,
In it, the group presents “Ten good reasons why the House of Lords should say no to the same-sex marriage bill.” These include:
• Popular support for the bill is based on the unfounded theory that people are ‘born gay’.
• All school children will be taught that as adults they can have marriage relationships with either men or women.
• Adolescents commonly experience temporary same-sex attraction: this does not mean they are gay.
The imbecile once asserted that gays are “the New Nazis”.
Simon Hill, writing for Queers for Jesus says that the focus of this newest group is the championing of children’s rights.
They say they want to ‘take some of the emotion out of the debate and help people engage with the actual evidence that shows how disruptive and damaging these changes will be for children and young people.
To argue that same-sex couples should never adopt children is to argue that it is better for a child to grow up in an institution, or to be passed around foster carers, than to grow up in a loving, caring, healthy family home – because you think the people in that home are the wrong gender.
And no-one who advocates such a view is in any position to claim that they are championing the needs of children.
Meanwhile, we learn that after the Israeli Justice Minister announced on Sunday that she would present a bill to allow same-sex civil partnerships, the country’s Prime Minister delayed a debate on the issue.
Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision to delay the debate was based on the fact that there was no consensus among the coalition government regarding the potential advancement of the bill, and that a discussion would only occur if a consensus had been reached.
While legally-sanctioned gay marriage looks a far-off prospect in Israel, bizarrely the country’s first gay divorce has been granted by an Israeli family court in Tel Aviv to former Israeli lawmaker Uzi Even, 72, and his partner of 23 years, Amit Kama.
Legal experts see the ruling as a precedent in the realm of gay rights in a country where conservative family traditions are strong and religious courts oversee ceremonies like marriages, divorces and burials.
But in 2006 a High Court decision forced the Interior Ministry, headed by an ultra-Orthodox cabinet member, to recognise same-sex marriages performed abroad, and ordered the Government to list a gay couple wed in Canada as married.
Even and Kama, both Israelis, married in Toronto in 2004, not long after Canada legalisd same-sex marriage.
They separated last year, Kama said.?? It took months to finalise a divorce as they could not meet Canada’s residency requirements to have their marriage dissolved there. At the same time in Israel, rabbinical courts in charge of overseeing such proceedings threw out the case, Kama said.
By winning a ruling from a civil court, Kama and Even may have also set a precedent for Israeli heterosexual couples, who until now have had to have rabbis steeped in ancient ritual handle their divorces, legal experts say.
Said Zvi Triger, deputy dean of the Haim Striks law school near Tel Aviv:
This is the first time in Israeli history a couple of Jews are obtaining a divorce issued by an authority other than a rabbinical court, and I think there is significant potential here for straight couples to do so as well.