Archive for March, 2014


Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow tie the knot in lavish Stock ceremony

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Drewitt BarlowAs same sex marriages became legal this weekend an Essex couple became one of the first in the UK to tie the knot.

Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow were wed at Greenwoods Hotel & Spa in Stock on Saturday (March 29) in a £80,000 ceremony after same sex marriages became legal at midnight.

National media and Closer magazine flocked to see what is believed was the first same-sex marriage ever in Essex under new legislation.

Barrie, 43, said just before they tied the knot: “I’m very nervous but also very excited – the preparations have been a nightmare but we are very happy.”

[…]  Outside the venue a number of people from the organisation “Gay marriage no thanks” were in attendance.

Director of the group, Dr Lisa Nolland travelled up from Bristol she said: “We are here because we believe in the idea of family. We believe that a child has a right to a mother.

“We know after research that some children express a need for a mother as they get older.”

Alan Craig, 67, from the group claimed that the marriage wasn’t legal because the couple haven’t removed themselves from their civil partnership.

He said: “This marriage is fake. It’s just a PR stunt to promote their gay case.

“Marriage is not only about love but about family too.”

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Caterers who refuse to work on same-sex weddings face prosecution

Monday, March 31st, 2014

gay wedding1Chauffeurs, photographers and caterers could have to pay thousands of pounds in damages if they refuse to provide services to a same-sex wedding

Chauffeurs, photographers and caterers will break the law if they do not provide services to same-sex couples getting married on conscience grounds, the government’s equality watchdog has said.

In accordance with new rules introduced yesterday, businesses such as florists, hoteliers and wedding planners could have to pay thousands of pounds in damages to same-sex couples if they refuse to work on a gay wedding.

The guidance, drawn up by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and civil servants, makes it clear that “refusal to provide services to customers” is in breach of equality laws and all weddings must be catered for on an equal basis.

Churches, religious organisations and other groups opposed to same-sex marriage could be denied contracts with publicly funded bodies such as schools, hospitals and prisons, according to The Sunday Times.

Under the new rules, they could lose contracts or be refused grants for any service where their opinion on same-sex marriage cold be “relevant”, such as marriage guidance counselling or during the process of adoption or fostering children.

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The real gay marriage bigots are its intolerant supporters

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

gay marriageBy Amanda Platell

A wedding day is always a special occasion and especially so, of course, for the first homosexual couples marrying today.

I wish them every happiness for the future. But that does not alter the fact that I still disagree with the concept of gay marriage.

No doubt I’ll receive a barrage of abuse for even admitting as much. For surely the saddest legacy of the whole gay marriage debate is how it has brought about the most appalling bigotry — not against homosexuals, but against those who oppose the new law.

For evidence of that, you only had to watch BBC Question Time on Thursday. One audience member, Marilyn Barmer, was booed and hissed for even having the temerity to ask: ‘Why do we need to change the definition of marriage that has existed for thousands of years, when equality already exists?’

A perfectly reasonable question, you might think. Yet from the outraged response of the audience, it was as if she’d been proposing the execution of every first-born. Others who echoed her views were similarly subjected to jeers, sneers and contempt.

I can’t help wondering if that’s the reaction the BBC — our self-appointed Ministry for Political Correctness — sought to provoke by hosting the show in Brighton, the gay capital of Britain.

But then this was just a microcosm of the way the gay marriage legislation has been forced through by our political masters. Anyone brave enough to voice unease has been branded a bigot whose views were so beneath contempt they didn’t even deserve to be heard.

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UKIP reiterates current opposition to same-sex ‘marriage’

Friday, March 28th, 2014

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has re-stated his party’s opposition to same-sex ‘marriage’, emphasising concerns to protect religious freedom.

Nigel Farage

Last week, UKIP’s press office released comments attributed to Mr Farage suggesting that the party’s position on the controversial legislation had changed. But in a correction, Mr Farage said that the statement ‘was not made by me and not approved by me’.

In his statement he explained, “we were concerned that because of the role of the European Court of Human Rights in British law that faith communities which had strong objections were at risk of being force to conduct gay marriages.” He re-iterated the point when asked during this week’s broadcast debate with Nick Clegg whether he supported same-sex ‘marriage’.

Mr Farage’s statement also alluded to “ongoing debate” within the party about how to protect “faith communities from ultimately being compelled to conduct same sex marriages”, noting that “some gay rights activists are already talking about taking legal action in Strasbourg to force this issue.”

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Gay weddings: ‘Fifth of Britons would turn down invitation’

Friday, March 28th, 2014

gay marriageAbout one in five British adults would turn down an invitation to a same-sex wedding, research suggests.

As legislation allowing gay couples to marry comes into force on Saturday, the BBC Radio 5 live survey also found men were nearly twice as likely to spurn the nuptials as women.

The poll of 1,007 people found 68% agreed gay marriage should be permitted, with 26% opposing it.

A gay rights charity said people’s attitudes were “incredibly positive”.

A spokesman for lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, Stonewall, said it was important to highlight the fact that four in five people would accept an invitation to a gay wedding.

‘Bigoted or intolerant’

But Catholic Voices, which represents the Catholic Church, said the findings of the survey reflected the reality that people remained “deeply uncomfortable” with being honest about their true feelings on the meaning of marriage.

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Bobby Lopez interview for Gay Marriage No Thanks

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Ahead of the first UK gay weddings on 29th March, Bobby Lopez arrives in London this week to assert children’s rights over gay rights and against same-sex marriage.

Here he is interviewed by GayMarriageNoThanks:

 

 

Love Isn’t Enough: 5 Reasons Why Same-Sex Marriage Will Harm Children

Friday, March 21st, 2014

By Trayce Hansen, PhD

Proponents of same-sex marriage believe the only thing children really need is love. Based on that supposition, they conclude it’s just as good for children to be raised by loving parents of the same sex, as it is to be raised by loving parents of the opposite sex. Unfortunately, that basic assumption—and all that flows from it—is false. Because love isn’t enough!

gay dadsAll else being equal, children do best when raised by a married mother and father. It’s within this environment that children are most likely to be exposed to the emotional and psychological experiences they need in order to thrive.

Men and women bring diversity to parenting; each makes unique contributions to the rearing of children that can’t be replicated by the other. Mothers and fathers simply are not interchangeable. Two women can both be good mothers, but neither can be a good father.

So here are five reasons why it’s in the best interest of children to be raised by both a mother and a father:

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Proponent of intact natural families in US arrives to rally opposition around first UK gay weddings on 29th March

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Lesbian-raised Bobby Lopez warns of dangers of gay marriage: “Children’s rights to both mother and father must trump gay rights”

Bobby Lopez, founder of the International Children’s Rights Institute in California, will be in the UK from 26th to 30th March, 2014 and is available for media events and interviews. He has authored The Colorful Conservative: American Conversations with the Ancients from Wheatley to Whitman and edits English Manif, a team blog devoted to children’s rights. He is an Associate Professor of English and Classics in California.

Bobby, who is being sponsored in Britain by the ‘GayMarriageNoThanks – because children matter’ campaign, supports civil partnerships for gays, but has strongly opposed gay marriage in part because of his personal experience. He was raised by his mother with the help of her lifelong female partner. He has self-identified as bisexual but is now married and in an exclusive relationship with his wife.

Bobby argues that:

• Some legal recognition is necessary to protect relationships between consenting gay adults, but there must also be legal protection of a child’s relationship to his/her mother and father. For this reason, civil partnerships are good for gay adults but gay marriage leads inevitably to a lack of protection for children. • Children’s rights include the right to be born free, rather than bought or sold; the right to a mum and dad; and the right to know one’s origins. • There is no “right to a child,” “right to be a parent,” or “right to adopt,” whether for gay people or other adults. Any legal notion of such a right turns children into commodities. Rather, society has obligations to children, the primary one being to provide each child with a mum and dad wherever possible.

For interviews with Bobby Lopez, contact Alan Craig (director, GayMarriageNoThanks) on 07939 547198 or email Lisa@GayMarriageNoThanks.com

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Italian singer defends song about gay man becoming straight, but says it ruined his career

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

LifeSite News

Famed Italian singer Giuseppe Povia says the persecution he has suffered from homosexuals and their allies in the entertainment business following his controversial 2009 song “Luca era gay” (Luca was gay), about a man who converts from the gay lifestyle to heterosexuality, has ruined his career.

In his most recent blog entry, Povia says that since he won second prize for the song at Italy’s Sanremo festival, “Gay associations in many provinces have repeatedly invited me to apologize to the gay community,” and he has found it difficult to find work because of a whispering campaign against him by homosexuals.

“Apologize for what? For singing a song? A true story?” asks Povia, adding that he “wants to apologize for not realizing we live in a violent media, psychological, artistic and cultural dictatorship.”

“Wherever I present myself … there’s always prejudice,” continued the singer. “Povia is evil, he’s against gay people and therefore must die. … It’s not possible … there’s a cultural anesthesia and there’s nothing worse than to anesthetize the minds of human beings convincing them that they will become ‘the new thinkers.’”

“The only positive thing,” he explained, “is that the majority of people (90%) are on my side.” He laments however, that this majority “is sadly silent” but “silence doesn’t change a thing.”

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Christian guesthouse owners go to Strasbourg over ‘discrimination’ case

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

By David Barrett, Telegraph

A Christian couple who were told it was illegal to turn unmarried couples away from their guesthouse have launched a landmark legal case at the European Court of Human Rights.

Sue and Jeff Green

Sue and Jeff Green

Sue and Jeff Green, who run a 13 bed B&B in mid Wales, advertised that only married couples were allowed to take double rooms.But at the end of last year they received a letter from the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s “legal enforcement team” informing them they could be guilty of discriminating against gay couples.

Now Mr and Mrs Green have secured the backing of the Christian Legal Centre to take their case direct to Strasbourg in a bid to establish whether Christians’ beliefs and human rights are superseded by equality laws.

Mr Green said Christian businesses were now “struggling” to be true to their principles of faith because of demands placed on them by the state.

He added that the EHRC’s letter, which warned them it was “unlawful” to discriminate against someone over their sexual orientation, had arrived out of the blue and they had received no complaints direct from members of the public.

Mr Green said they had been forced to take the case to Europe because of a ruling bythis country’s SupremeCourt in November.

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