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Christians Urged to Act over ‘Same Sex Ceremonies’ in Church

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Issued by Christian Concern For Our Nation

Press Release

For Immediate Release

9 March 2010

Christians Urged to Act over ‘Same Sex Ceremonies’ in Church

CHRISTIANS are being urged to write to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Minister Harriet Harman in an attempt to persuade the Government to remove an amendment to the Equalities Bill that would open the flood gates of requests by homosexual couples to have Civil Partnership Ceremonies conducted in Church.

On March 2, the House of Lords voted to change the law on Civil Partnerships, allowing them to be performed in Churches and/or with religious language.

The amendment, which was introduced by Lord Alli, an openly homosexual Peer, and backed by a number of liberal Bishops, effectively removes one of the final distinctions between Marriage and Civil Partnerships—introduced just five years ago as being purely secular in nature. The amendment was voted through at 11pm, by 95 votes to 21—an extraordinarily low number for such an important matter—and was hailed as a breakthrough by homosexual activists.

In January 2010, the Government had resisted Lord Alli’s amendment, reassuring the public that it was ‘not a workable solution to this issue’.  However, in an unexpected move, the government suddenly allowed its Peers a free vote on the issue.  The Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats also gave its Peers a free vote.

Now Christian Concern For Our Nation wants thousands of Christians to sign its online petition ( urging the Government to reject Lord Alli’s amendment to the Equality Bill 2009-10, changing the law on Civil Partnerships, and also, to write personal letters to the Prime Minister and Harriet Harman asking them personally to ensure that the consciences of Christians in this controversial area are respected.


Andrea Williams, Director of CCFON, said: “What took place in the Lords was extraordinary and all who care about democracy should be alarmed at the proceedings.  At the end of January, Baroness Royall for the Government stated that  ‘any change can therefore be brought only after proper and careful consideration of these issues.’

“Was this statement deliberately deceitful, or do the Government believe the debate in the House of Lords constituted the ‘proper and careful consideration’ of the issues? The amendment was debated for less than an hour and was voted through literally at the eleventh hour, taking everybody by surprise.  To have such a significant change in the law—a change to another piece of legislation no less—take place at the end of the Equality Bill’s passing, without any real debate or consultation, and at such an hour that most Peers were not even in the House, is a disgrace and a clear manipulation of the system.

“Both Labour and the Conservatives seem to be saying they want to understand the concerns of faith communities and want to win their votes. We will be urging Christians to test such claims and also ask the Government to act now to ensure this amendment does not become law.”


For further information:

Andrea Minichiello Williams: 0771 259 1164


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