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6/4/2013 (2 years ago)

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Bishops expected to abstain from vote.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has a warning for David Cameron. A push for gay marriage in England will abolish marriage as an institution and weaken the family. Welby said he will not support the legislation before Parliament during tonight's vote.

Archbishop of Canterbury has warned Cameron not to push through his bill.

Archbishop of Canterbury has warned Cameron not to push through his bill.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

6/4/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Archbishop of Canterbury, Welby, David Cameron, Prime Minister, Bill, gay marriage, homosexual equivalency, England, family

LONDON, ENGLAND (Catholic Online) - This is the first significant statement the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev. Justin Welby has issued on the "Same-Sex Couples Bill." The bishops are expected to abstain from the vote in the House of Lords tonight.

Archbishop Welby does not say that the issue of legalized homosexual unions is a faith issue. Instead, he said "at its heart is not a faith issue, it is about the general social good."

He continued, "Rather than adding a new and valued institution alongside it for same gender relationships, which I would personally strongly support to strengthen us all, this Bill weakens what exists and replaces it with a less good option that is neither equal nor effective.

"The concept of marriage as a normative place for procreation is lost; the idea of marriage as covenant is diminished; the family in its normal sense, predating the state, and as our base community of society, as we have already heard, is weakened.

"The Bill would not deliver equality because elements of the legislation distinguish between same-sex and opposite-sex marriage," he said. "The result is confusion. Marriage is abolished, redefined, and recreated, being different and unequal for different categories."

The Archbishop concluded, "with much regret but entire conviction I cannot support the Bill as it stands."

The House of Lords is debating the bill today after Prime Minister David Cameron brought the bill to the House of Lords with support from the Labour Party. Although members from the Lib Dem and Tory parties are being left to vote as they wish, is expected to vote will be split, but that the bill will pass.

Unfortunately, the Archbishop is quite correct redefining marriage will undermine an institution that is as ancient as civilization itself. It will weaken the family and contribute to the undermining of Western civilization.

The barbarians are no longer at the gate; they already occupy the Senate.


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