In Scotland over many years we have cultivated through our justice system what I hope can be described as a ‘culture of compassion.’ On the other hand there still exists in many parts of the U.S. if not nationally an attitude towards the concept of justice which can only be described as a ‘culture of vengeance.’
I know that many of you do wear such a cross of Christ not in any ostentatious way not in a way that might harm you at your work or recreation but a simple indication that you value the role of Jesus Christ in the history of the world that you are trying to live by Christ’s standards in your own daily life.
Clearly if it is sensible to hold a referendum on independence it is crucial that we have one on marriage. It is the only way the country can move forward on this issue. Let all those who have a view on this subject place their trust in the Scottish people and let Scotland decide.
I might be celibate but I appreciate the wonder of the sacrament of marriage.
If marriage can be redefined so that it no longer means a man and a woman but two men or two women why stop there? Why not allow three men or a woman and two men to constitute a marriage?
No Government has the moral authority to dismantle the universally understood meaning of marriage.
Redefining marriage will have huge implications for what is taught in our schools and for wider society. It will redefine society since the institution of marriage is one of the fundamental building blocks of society. The repercussions of enacting same-sex marriage into law will be immense.
Same-sex marriage would eliminate entirely in law the basic idea of a mother and a father for every child. It would create a society which deliberately chooses to deprive a child of either a mother or a father.
The church’s teaching on marriage is unequivocal it is uniquely the union of a man and a woman and it is wrong that governments politicians or parliaments should seek to alter or destroy that reality.
There is no doubt that as a society we have become blase about the importance of marriage as a stabilising influence and less inclined to prize it as a worthwhile institution.