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Christians to deliver ‘stop gay marriage’ letter to Queen on Coronation anniversary

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Issued on behalf of Christian Concern

Press Notice

For Immediate Release

2 June 2013

Photo / interview opportunities TODAY (2 June): 2PM at Buckingham Palace
Contact: Andrea Minichiello Williams - 07712 591164

Christians to deliver ‘stop gay marriage’ letter to Queen on Coronation anniversary 
 
Christians are meeting outside Buckingham Palace today (2 June) at 2PM to witness a child emerge from an 8ft scroll and deliver a letter to Her Majesty the Queen.

The letter (full text below) congratulates The Queen on 60 years since the Coronation and asks Her Majesty to use her offices to protect the Christian understanding of marriage. Her Majesty has been known to intervene through the weekly meetings with the Prime Minister.

It is timed to coincide with the Second Reading in the House of Lords of the Government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which takes place tomorrow (3 June).

Delegates from a Christian youth organisation (Youth With a Mission) will deliver the letter at Buckingham Palace. A child will emerge from a giant scroll to present the letter, signifying the intrinsically procreative nature of marriage and its relevance to Royal succession.

Citizens of several Commonwealth nations will also be there as a visual reminder of The Queen’s worldwide popularity and the global significance of traditional marriage for the welfare of nations.

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, originally from Pakistan, will lead a short service of Thanksgiving for Her Majesty the Queen outside the Palace after the letter has been delivered.

For further information / interview:
Andrea Minichiello Williams - 07712 591164

Full text of letter:

The Private Secretary to
Her Majesty The Queen
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA
 
2nd June 2013
 
Dear Sir
 
I wish to send my congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’sCoronation. I, along with many others, am thankful to Her Majesty for so many years of faithful service to our country.
 
As a nation we are extraordinarily privileged that our Monarch takes an Oath which includes the promise to “maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel.” Yet at the present time, Her Majesty’s Government is seeking to pass a piece of legislation which contravenes the Laws of God. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill would redefine marriage to be something that is contrary to the teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Gospels and the historic teaching of the Church. Such a redefinition, I believe, would have grave consequences both for the Royal Family and its succession, as well as for our society as a whole.
 
It is for these reasons that I would ask The Queen, as Monarch of the Realm, to please do all in Her Majesty’s power to stop this Bill from becoming law. Members of the House of Lords will vote on the Bill on Tuesday 4thJune after its Second Reading. Would Her Majesty join with many other Christians and pray that Her Majesty’s noble Lords would reject this proposed departure from God’s holy and good design for marriage?
 
I lead an organisation which represents nearly 60,000 Christians across the United Kingdom. In the course of our work we have seen numerous individuals face disciplinary action or loss of employment as a result of their Christian views on sexual ethics. We are deeply concerned that, with such incidents having occurred before any change in the law on marriage, the Bill will only serve to increase their frequency and seriousness, leading to a crippling and chilling effect on freedom of speech and expression. Furthermore, this Bill will further erode marriage with damaging effects for adults, children and society.
 
I would be most grateful if you could bring this letter to Her Majesty’s attention, along with my heartfelt best wishes and the assurance of my prayers for Her Majesty’s continued reign over us.
 
Yours faithfully
 
Andrea Minichiello Williams
CEO, Christian Legal Centre

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