Marriage (Same Sex Couples)

Memorandum submitted by Nigel Whitaker (MB 86)

I wish to express my strong opposition to any proposed legislation which aims to change the meaning of the word 'marriage'.   

Children in society desperately need a stable home life where their parents are committed to each other for life in a self sacrificial loving environment of a mother and father.  We are experiencing the consequences of a breakdown in traditional family life and part of this is a crisis in masculine identity in our society.  Ours children need strong role models of both the masculine and the feminine.  This is the only way for a strong and healthy society.  

Why does the UK have such a poor record in the areas of youth depression, binge drinking etc?  I suggest the evidence is strong that there is a clear link between this and the breakdown of traditional marriage and strong family life.  I travel much and have lived in other societies and always find it depressing coming back to the UK and seeing the low value placed on family life here.

Whilst recognising that it is not always possible for every child to have the ideal home environment  it is foolish to ignore the evidence which tells us that this should be pursued as the norm.  Incredible damage is done to children and to society as a whole when we deviate from this.  It may not be the politically correct thing to pursue but that does not mean it is not the correct thing to pursue.  Can I plead for our political leaders to pursue what is correct and be less concerned about image.  History will vindicate such even though they be vilified by some in the present.

We are fooling ourselves if we think that same sex 'marriage' is a suitable alternative.  If we don't accept this now, we will learn the hard way.

For the sake of our nation please, please, please take note.

February 2013

Prepared 6th March 2013