Final chance to stop anti-marriage bill
5 July 2013
MPs are likely to consider the Lords amendments to the Bill on 16 or 17 July
The "same-sex marriage" bill is in its final stages. Peers (members of the House of Lords) will debate the bill again on Monday 8 July and Wednesday 10 July, and finally on Monday 15 July.
MPs are likely to consider the Lords amendments to the Bill on 16 or 17 July.
Please email/write to Peers and your MP, asking them and the government to stop the efforts to undermine marriage. This may be our last chance to lobby against the damaging (anti-)Marriage Same-Sex Couples bill reaching the statute book. [SPUC, 4 July]
Pope Francis encyclical: love not enough for marriage, sexual differentiation also necessary, thus enabling children
In related news, Pope Francis's first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei" (The Light of Faith) has addressed the question of same-sex marriage. In a section entitled "Faith and the family", the Pope refers to "the stable union of man and woman in marriage" and "sexual differentiation".
Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, commented earlier today on this section for LifeSiteNews.com: "The message from Pope Francis in his first encyclical is that the life-bearing potential of heterosexuality is the prerequisite of marriage. What is also clear is the type of love which is required for marriage: not the modern notion of sexual desire and personal satisfaction, but a complementarity between the sexes leading to total mutual self-giving and thus openness to the responsibility of parenthood.
"The Pope is thus linking being pro-life with having a correct understanding of the true nature of marriage. His words will be of great assistance to pro-life organisations who are fighting homosexual 'marriage'. We know that the homosexual attack on marriage is an attack on the family, which is the best protector of children, both born and unborn." [John Smeaton, 5 July]
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