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Gay marriage and the death of freedom

Monday, December 8th, 2014

gay marriageRather than striking a blow for individual liberties, the dogma of gay marriage is stifling them.

Has there ever been a sweeter-sounding, more goosebump-inducing phrase than ‘Freedom to marry’? Everyone likes freedom (even illiberal politicians pay lip service to liberty), and who doesn’t love a good wedding? Marry these two things together (pun intended) and you end up with an endorphin-releasing buzzphrase that will make anyone grin wildly.

So it has been following Senator David Leyonhjelm’s unveiling of the Freedom to Marry Bill. Across Oz, right-minded people who think gays must be allowed to get hitched experienced paroxysms of joy at the introduction of this new phrase into the political vernacular. Sure, those of a leftish bent had trouble computing the fact that it’s a classical liberal politician who’s championing their most beloved cause. But the instant they made peace with this seeming anomaly, they, together with small-l liberals, gay-rights activists and the Age-reading patrons of non-chain coffee shops across the land (well, in Melbourne), were giving themselves adrenalin rushes by whispering those three magic words: ‘Freedom to marry…’

I hate to rain on this fabulous parade, but there’s a massive problem with this happy-clappy rallying cry. And it’s this: everywhere gay marriage has been introduced it has battered freedom, not boosted it. Debate has been chilled, dissenters harried, critics tear-gassed. Love and marriage might go together like horse and carriage, but freedom and gay marriage certainly do not. The double-thinking ‘freedom to marry’ has done more to power the elbow of the state than it has to expand the liberty of men and women.
There are awkward questions the ‘freedom to marry’ folks just can’t answer. Like: if gay marriage is a liberal cause, how come it’s been attended by authoritarianism wherever it’s been introduced?

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Gay Ukip MEP David Coburn Says Gay Marriage Supporters Are ‘Equality Nazis’

Friday, October 31st, 2014

ukipGay marriage supporters are “equality Nazis” who helped push through something that only matters to “some queen who wants to dress up in a bridal frock and dance up the aisle to the Village People”, a Ukip MEP has said.

In an wide-ranging interview with the Huffington Post UK, David Coburn, who is himself gay, said that same-sex marriage, which passed into law last year, was “false bollocks” that “makes a mockery of the holy sacrament of marriage”.

“What you’re doing with the gay marriage issue is you’re rubbing people’s noses in the dirt. Everyone had agreed and been quite happy with the idea of civil partnership, it was all bedded in and people were happy with it, they got used to the idea,” he said.

“But when you go across the road to pick a fight with someone of faith, that’s not got anything to do with it, that’s the equality Nazis trying to give Christianity a jolly good kicking. You know it, I know it, we all know it – it’s false bollocks, the lot of it.”

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Gay Marriage No Thanks at huge pro-natural-family demo in Paris

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Alan Paris RallyBy Alan Craig:

Two things stood out in Paris on Sunday: the number and the age of the demonstrators.

Last year La Manif Pour Tous (LMPT) organised massive street protests against President Hollande’s gay marriage proposals. On one occasion 800,000 people were on the streets of Paris defending the natural family from this destructive item on the gay lobby’s agenda.

LMPT held another demo in Paris on Sunday and invited Gay Marriage No Thanks to represent the UK. The purpose of the protest was to mobilise opposition in France to “surrogacy, medically-assisted procreation and the promotion of gender theory in schools” but as previously the protection of children and the natural family were the main drivers in the background.

And again the massive number of protestors was a defining characteristic. Organisers said there were over quarter of a million people attending the march and demo, which together lasted for five hours.

The youthfulness of the protesters was noticeable too. Overwhelmingly the participants were in their twenties and thirties, and teenagers were conspicuous by their noisy enthusiasm and, often, street dancing too.

As in the UK, the government is ignoring the people as it drives through its anti-family proposals. But, clearly, at the grass-roots the traditional natural family is alive and well and full of youthful support in France.

The international delegation comprised delegates from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Poland and Slovakia, as well as Gay Marriage No Thanks from the UK. We made good contacts; there is now the start of a pan-European pro-natural family movement which Gay Marriage No Thanks is committed to support.

Petition: That the rights of all UK citizens to freedom of conscience, religious belief and expression, be fully guaranteed and protected

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

petitionPetition to: The Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP the Prime Minister of the UK

That the rights of all UK citizens to freedom of conscience, religious belief and expression, be fully guaranteed and protected

Doctors, nurses, teachers, counsellors, registrars and others have been threatened with dismissal, demoted, suspended, removed and even dismissed from their position or employment for not believing in the moral rightness of same sex relationships or same sex marriage, for sharing their faith and even for wearing a religious symbol, like a cross, at work.

Such things should not be happening in a free democratic society like the UK with its long tradition of upholding human rights. Therefore we demand that the rights of individuals to express and act on their beliefs that include for example, that the state of marriage can only exist between a man and a woman, be protected and guaranteed, and be free from threats to their reputation, good social standing and livelihood, for so doing.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which the UK is a signatory, was designed to protect all the rights, including the right to act according to their conscience, of all individuals. Its first article states: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

This belief in equality was never intended to be, and should not be used now, to penalise those who for example, express or act on the belief that the right to marriage and found a family applies exclusively to marriages uniting one man with one woman only, and not to same sex unions. Yet Dr Sheila Matthews, a paediatrician, was removed from Northamptonshire County Council’s adoption panel when she abstained from voting to place a child with a same sex couple.

Please sign our petition to the government demanding it will guarantee to defend conscience and religious observance rights and restore the nation’s reputation for fairness, justice and impartial respect for human rights.

Yours sincerely,

[Your Name]

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Matthew Parris’ Poison

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Parris MatthewGay marriage illustrated it; Brendon O’Neill exposed it; and more recently the #YesScotland campaign highlighted and traded upon it: the UK’s political class is a corrupt, elitist, irresponsible, disingenuous, patronising, self-serving cartel. It must be urgently broken up and closed down.

Whatever you think of the issue itself, the gay marriage legislation last year was a democratic disgrace. Faithful one man/one woman marriage has been a defining and enduring bedrock of our society and culture – and the preeminent place of nurture for the nation’s children – for a millennium and a half.

Yet without warning, electoral mandate, Green or White Paper consultation or intelligent debate, and egged on by media, the PR industry, Hollywood celebs and the all-powerful gay lobby on both sides of the Atlantic (the UK perennially follows where the US leads), our political leaders like lemmings rushed off the marriage cliff and into the gay sea while emoting loudly and stupidly that it is “all about love”. Overnight, unitedly and unnecessarily they redefined, enfeebled and wrecked a hugely beneficial social institution.

As a consequence procreation and child-rearing are no longer primary purposes of marriage and conjugal faithfulness is no longer a primary characteristic. Marriage is no longer marriage.

This was extraordinary and irresponsible social vandalism by the Tory Bullingdon boys, their ilk in all parties and their fawning followers on the issue across the political class. Short-sighted adult gay rights today were prioritised over the weighty matters of our children’s upbringing and our society’s tomorrow. And sexual activity, identity, licence and gratification were legislatively endorsed by the Mother of Parliaments as the rising public values of our time. So, like Roman civilisation before us, hereon it’s all downhill.

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Has support for same-sex marriage peaked?

Friday, September 26th, 2014

gay marriageAfter years of steady and even dramatic increases in support, a new Pew survey has found support for same-sex marriage declining.

Pew found more Americans support same-sex marriage than oppose it, but that support had dropped five percentage points between February and September of this year. Pew says, “It is too early to know if this modest decline is an anomaly or the beginning of a reversal or leveling off in attitudes toward gay marriage after years of steadily increasing public acceptance.”

Perhaps significantly the survey also found that “fully half (50%) of the public now considers homosexuality a sin up from 45% a year ago. And nearly half of U.S. adults thin that businesses like caterers and florists should be allowed to reject same-sex couples as customers if the businesses have religious objections to serving those couples.” Pew did find that a slightly larger portion of respondents (47% to 45%) believe those business owners should be forced to serve said couples.

The political and cultural backdrop to the survey includes what seems like a galloping success rate for same-sex marriage in the courts, with almost weekly decisions going the way of same-sex marriage.

At the same time, the news of what many consider to be bullying against opponents of same-sex marriage may be having an effect. Shop owners are being prosecuted, and even top executives are losing their jobs over support for traditional marriage.

And the biggest news going against the same-sex movement this year was the report from the Center for Disease Control that the population of gays is America is not 25-30%, which was reported by the Gallup polling organization, or even 10%, which was believed for decades after the 1950s Kinsey sex report, but only 1.6%. It is possible that Americans are getting cautious about changing the definition of marriage for such a small portion of the population.

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Gay weddings targeted for UK citizenship

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

gay marriageSame-sex marriages were made legal in March this year but within weeks of the legislation coming into effect, criminal gangs were touting sham gay weddings to those wanting to dodge immigration controls.

Inside Out London went undercover to expose the fraud and discovered one gang that organises sham gay marriages for £10,000.

The reporter posed as an illegal immigrant urgently seeking a sham marriage to stay in the UK, while another posed as an uncle.

Peter and Ricardo, the gang’s leaders, boasted to the undercover reporters they had “fixed” weddings “lots of times”.

They offered two potential fake Romanian brides to the reporter, both of whom explicitly stated they were not lesbians but were willing to pretend to be gay and marry anyone for cash.

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The gang investigated by Inside Out claimed that breaking the law by fixing sham gay marriages was easy.

Ricardo said he had never had any problems with the police or immigration officers.

He said: “You say ‘I am gay’. No more questions for you. Easy for gay.”

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“The legal and cultural battle has only just begun” – a US doctor answers his gay critic

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

gay handsEvery day, there are multiplied thousands of comments posted on our social media sites, our websites, and in response to new articles, videos, and audio files. In the last week, there were more than 84,700 comments posted to the AskDrBrown Facebook page alone, so please understand that it really is not possible to interact with everyone or even to read most of the comments and post.

Sometimes a colleague will send me a comment or post that got their attention, and as much as I want to respond to it, especially if it’s filled with errors, misconceptions, or false accusations, for the most part, I simply need to let it go, allowing others to respond as they’re able.

But for the benefit of those who have actually challenged or questioned or mocked my position, here’s a response to a typical comment by a gay critic, responding to my recent article, “Gays Are 1 in 10, Not 1 in 4.”

The writer goes by the name AndrewWA, and he begins his lengthy comment by quoting a central point of my article, namely, that while it is wrong to mistreat or bully people, regardless of how small a minority of the population they might be, “you don’t overhaul the legal system to the point of attacking freedoms of speech, conscience, and religion based on the sexual and romantic desires of a tiny percentage of the population, nor do you engage in a massive social experiment, like redefining marriage, because of a statistically tiny group of people.”

Andrew then writes: “Micheal, honey, it is unconstitutional to deny gay couples access to marriage. It is really that simple. Courts all over this country are coming to this conclusion and I am sure you have read their findings. You don’t like their conclusions, but your doctorate is not in constitutional law. Judges even appointed by conservative Republican Presidents have ruled in favor of marriage equality.”

Putting aside the misspelling of my name (it happens all the time) and the “honey” reference, the fact is that there is nothing in the Constitution that states that a man has the “right” to “marry” another man (or a woman a woman), as dissenting justices and other legal scholars have pointed out.

Nowhere did the Constitution, let alone the Founding Fathers, countenance the idea that “marriage” would include the idea of two men or two women coming together, especially since the writers of the Constitution considered homosexual practice to be a “crime against nature.” –

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Why Cameron promoted anti-gay marriage MPs during reshuffle

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Cameron gay43 per cent of those promoted by the Prime Minister voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill last year.

David Cameron promoted a string of MPs who voted against same-sex marriage in an apparent attempt to stem the mass desertion of Tory grassroots members over the issue, new research shows.

Analysis of the Conservative associations accounts, published by the Electoral Commission, shows a revolt over gay marriage was one of the major reasons why local party membership fell over the past year.

In his reshuffle earlier this month, 43 per cent of MPs – 17 out of 42 – promoted by the Prime Minister voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill last year. While this proportion is similar to the amount of Tory MPs across the board who voted against the policy, it is remarkable that Mr Cameron promoted so many who effectively rebelled against the party line.

While Tory party membership has halved since Mr Cameron became leader, associations are reporting a dramatic drop in numbers as many switch to Ukip. The latest annual accounts for the Conservative associations report same-sex marriage as a major factor.

In a survey of 16 associations where membership subscriptions have fallen, same-sex marriage was cited as a reason in half of those constituencies, while national party policy was blamed in the other half.

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UK Cabinet Reshuffle: Cameron culls gay marriage opponents, axes male ministers

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Cameron gayBritish Prime Minister David Cameron has targeted opponents of his flagship ‘Same Sex Marriage’ legislation, as well as reducing the number of men in the British cabinet in tonight’s long-awaited UK Cabinet reshuffle.

The move has seen older, middle class minsters dumped in an unprecedented cull, with the only two Secretaries of State who voted against gay marriage – Owen Paterson and David Jones – being sacked.

Cameron is embarking on his final ministerial changes before the general election in May 2015. Whilst no appointments are made until tomorrow news that younger women will replace the old guard is now the talk of Westminster.