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Family campaigners worldwide must protest against Cameron’s plan to export same sex marriage

25 July 2013

London, 25 July 2013: A leading UK-based pro-life/pro-family group is calling upon family campaigners worldwide to protest against the British prime minister's plan to export same-sex marriage.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), the UK's largest and oldest pro-life campaigning organisation, made the call following David Cameron's speech last night at a reception at No. 10 Downing Street, the prime ministerial residence, to thank those who had engineered the rail-roading of Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act through Parliament1.

John Smeaton, SPUC's chief executive, called for international resistance to the British prime minister's global plans to impose sexual licence on children and poor families. He said:

"SPUC will be contacting church leaders, politicians and family campaigners worldwide to alert them to this threat by the British government, asking them to protest to the British embassies in their countries. Same-sex marriage is a counterfeit version of marriage and thus undermines real marriage, which is the best protector of children, both born and unborn.

"From the very start of his prime ministership, Mr Cameron and his government have been obsessed with promoting the culture of death around the world. This includes spending hundreds of millions of pounds on the promotion of abortion and contraception. People anxious to defend life and family in their countries must warn their fellow citizens about these insidious activities of British government officials."

Antonia Tully, national coordinator of SPUC's Safe at School campaign, said: "Mr Cameron's comments about children2 is yet more evidence that legalising same-sex marriage will lead to the promotion of homosexuality in schools. The real scourge in schools is the sexualisation of children, not least through the material which homosexual groups use to target children."


John Smeaton, SPUC's chief executive, can be contacted on:

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Notes for editors

  1. "Prime Minister thanks campaigners and workers for helping to bring about equal marriage legislation"
    Mr Cameron thanked ministers and officials (known as the 'bill team'), saying:
    "I've told the bill team I’m now going to reassign them because, of course, all over the world people would have been watching this piece of legislation and we’ve set something, I think, of an example of how to pass good legislation in good time. Many other countries are going to want to copy this. And, as you know, I talk about the global race, about how we've got to export more and sell more so I'm going to export the bill team. I think they can be part of this global race and take it around the world."
    Mr Cameron also said:
    "There's a lot more work to be done as Britain in the Commonwealth, talking to our Commonwealth partners about decriminalising homosexuality in various countries."
  2. In clear references to how the same-sex marriage law will provide momentum to promoting homosexuality in schools, Mr Cameron said:
    "I think of young children growing up at school, who might be uncertain about their sexuality, knowing that now, in the highest place in the land - in Parliament - we've passed this law that says that marriage is for you, whether you're gay or whether you're straight. And I think that is so important to young people growing up."
    "There's a lot of work to be done on homophobic bullying in schools, which is still a scourge in our country. There's a lot of work to be done in terms of hate crimes and how we stop and stamp that out in our society."
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